MARAN honours Lagos NUJ Chairman, Adeleye Ajayi

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  • As Ray Ugochukwu tasks maritime Journalists on objective reportage

(Report by Udeme Clement):

It was a moment of encomiums for the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos State Council, Mr Adeleye Ajayi, as Martime Reporters’ Association of Nigeria (MARAN), organised a grand reception and Lecture in his honour.

The reception, which took place at Rockview hotel, Apapa, Lagos, was very unique, as the banquet hall of the hotel was filled to capacity with invited guests.

The reception that was well arranged with a lecture brought together reputable stakeholders in the maritime sector, top officials of Lagos NUJ, who were in Ajayi’s entourage,
past Presidents of MARAN and maritime Journalists across various associations.

The current Lagos NUJ Chairman, also former President of MARAN, was honoured for his outstanding performance during his tenure as MARAN President.

In his opening remarks, Chairman of the occasion, Prince Olayiwola Shittu, former President, Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), commended MARAN for taking the initiative to honour Mr Ajayi, stressing that it was the first time former Presidents of MARAN were brought to a roundtable for a pleasant occasion.

Speaking further, Prince Shittu tasked MARAN members and maritime Journalists on the need to carry out investigative Journalism on activities in the industry, in order to expose sharp practices in the system.

His words: “Today is a great day and I
am delighted to be the Chairman of this special occasion. I am happy with the honour MARAN members are giving Mr Ajayi as their President.

“My advice is for maritime Journalists to remain focused in reporting activities in the maritime industry. Let us join hands with the leadership of MARAN in lifting the association higher.”

Also speaking, the President, Maritime Journalists Association of Nigeria (MAJAN), Comrade Ray Ugochukwu, described the NUJ Chairman as hard working, Intelligent and resilient.

Speaking further, Comrade Ugochukwu, thanked the leadership of MARAN for the reception, saying it was an honour well deserved by the NUJ Chairman.

Ugochukwu, who is also a past President of MARAN, urged maritime Journalists to be active in moving the industry forward through objective reportage.

The current President of MARAN, Mr Anya Njoku, described the programme as coming in the nick of time when it matters most.

His assertion: “In fact, I am the happiest person on earth because this event is happening in my regime as MARAN President. With Mr Ajayi as the Chairman of NUJ Lagos Council, we can be sure that our voices will be heard.

“We are happy to have Mr Ajayi as Lagos NUJ Chairman. He is a real professional, the fastest writer in MARAN and above all, a
peace maker”.

He urged Journalists in Lagos State to support Mr Ajayi, to move the Council forward.

More so, the Editor of Xpress Newspaper,
Mr. Emeka Okoroanyanwu,
delivered a lecture on the theme: ‘National Development; the Challenges and prospects for proper implementation of freedom of Information Act in Nigeria’.

Also, the former General Manager of Traffic Radio, Mr Olayinka Adagun, also delivered a lecture on; ‘Freedom of Information Act and Maritime Reporting’.

A Panel of discussants comprising Dr George Ayoade, Director-General, Chartered Institute of Environmental and Public Health Management of Nigeria, Dr. Tajudeen Alao, President, Nigerian Association of Master Mariners and Representative of the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mr Wale Akodu, gave brief summary of the lectures.

In his response, Mr Ajayi expressed great pleasure on the honour bestowed on him. He thanked MARAN, top government functionaries and dignitaries, who graced the occasion in his honour.

He enthused, “I can tell you that MARAN is still intact despite the factions of maritime journalists’ associations. The Council will look for a way of having an umbrella body for maritime journalists’ associations, in order to be on the same page,’

Other guests who attended the programme included Executive Secretary of Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Barrister Hassan Bello, represented by Mr Emeka Okereke, Assistant Director Legal Services of the Council, the President, Shippers Association of Lagos State; Rev Nicol; Mr. Olusina Thorpe, Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Information and strategy represented by Mr Wale Akodu; Mr Muyiwa Akande, Corporate Affairs Manager of SIFAX, Mrs. Nike Sodipo, an Assistant Director, Lagos State Ministry of Information and Strategy, NUJ Lagos Council Executive Members; the Chairperson of NAWOJ, Lagos State chapter, Mr Okey Ibeke, Publisher of Business & Maritime West Africa, among others.

Past Presidents of MARAN, who graced the event were Barrister Valentino Buoro, Emmanuel Adegbe, Asu Beks, Ray Ugochukwu and Sesan Onilemo.
The programme ended with group photographs.

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