Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN) past week reconciled with its estranged members as Mr. Anya Njoku, MARAN President, pronounced their return to the association.
The returned members were two former presidents – Mr. Adeleye Ajayi and Mr. Raymond Ugocjukwu. Others were Mr. David Oladimeji, Alhaji Femi Orioye, Mr. Friday Odoemena and Mr. Obiajulu Agu.
They were accepted back to the association during the inauguration of the Anya Njoku-led administration at the International Maritime Press Centre/MARAN Secretariat in Apapa.
To show that they were truly welcomed back into the MARAN fold, the new executive was inaugurated by Mr. Adeleye Ajayi and Mr. Raymond Ugochukwu.
President of MARAN, Mr. Anya Njoku said that the move to bring back members of the association as well as other associations members was in fulfilment of an agreement signed by MARAN and three other associations at a meeting supervised by the National President of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Mr. Waheed Odusile.
At the end of the meeting which held at the Rockview Hotels in Apapa three years ago, the four associations agreed to collapse into a single body; Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN)
The three other associations that signed the agreement included; League of Maritime Editors, MAJAN, and the Association of Maritime Journalists (AMJON)
According to Njoku, “The war is over, there is no need for bickering, the door of MARAN has equally been opened to other qualified journalists covering the maritime sector and new intending members should submit their applications”
Njoku also noted that MARAN is happy to reconcile journalists back under one umbrella in compliance to a Ministerial directive issued by Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi three years ago.
The minister had noted at that time that there was need for journalists to speak with one voice.
Njoku informed that all heads of maritime agencies should take note that MARAN has now fulfilled the intentions of the Minister of Transportation.