Mr. Olasupo Shasore (SAN),
Former Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Lagos State, Mr. Olasupo Shasore will deliver the keynote address at the 4th edition of Taiwo Afolabi Annual Maritime Conference slated for September 13, 2019 at the University of Lagos, Lagos.
Shasore will lead other eminent maritime industry leaders, legal experts, academics and university students drawn from about ten institutions to discuss on the theme “Innovations and Practical Reforms Towards Sustainable Growth in Nigeria’s Maritime Sector”.
Speaking on the forthcoming event, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, said the need to deepen discourse around topical issues in the country’s maritime industry, as well as proffering practical solutions to them gave birth to the conference.
“The fourth edition of the conference would dwell on issues bordering on innovations and practical reforms needed towards the sustainability of growth in the country’s maritime sector. We are at a point where the country’s maritime sector needs a consistent and sustained growth. To achieve this, we need to invest in innovations and more reforms. The sector’s reform in 2006 which gave birth to the concession of the port has yielded great gains for Nigeria. In fact the concession has served as a model for many other African countries. Now that we have seen the fruits of concession, we need to embark on more aggressive reforms and innovations that will make the maritime sector the major earner for the government.
“Distinguished experts have been invited as speakers to provide practical insights into various innovations and reforms we can embark on to achieve the maritime sector of our dreams. I look forward to the useful insights based on years of industry experience that they will bring to the conference. I am convinced that such insights would be useful to the industry, the government and participants,” Afolabi said.
On his own part, Mr. Gbenga Akinlade, President, Maritime Forum, said the conference would be beneficial both to the industry and the students due to its objective of being an avenue to stimulate intellectual discussions between maritime experts and the university community, especially students with interest in the maritime industry, on contemporary issues in the industry, both locally and internationally.
The conference, which is in its 4th edition, will hold on Friday, September 13, 2019 at the JF Ade Ajayi Auditorium, University of Lagos, is in honour of Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, Group Executive Vice-Chairman, SIFAX Group. It is an initiative of the Maritime Forum, University of Lagos and SIFAX Group.
Other discussants expected at the event include Major Henry Ajetunmobi, Vice President, Nigerian Ports Consultative Council; Adetola Bucknor Taiwo- Partner, Paul Usoro& Co., RollensMcFoy, Executive Director, Operations, Oceandeep Services; Prince Olayiwola Shittu, former President, Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents; Hassan Bello, Executive Secretary/CEO, Nigeria Shippers’ Council; MsHadiza Bala Usman, Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority among others.