100 YEARS OF MARITIME DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA
The 4th edition of the Nigeria Maritime Expo (NIMAREX 2014) was held from 10th to 12th March, 2014 at the New Expo Centre, Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos with the theme: “100 Years Of Maritime Development In Nigeria’: Seven conference papers, two discussion/position papers and several verbal presentations/contributions were made covering all the focus areas set out by the organizers.
In patriotic sync with the national centenary celebration of the Nigerian nation-state, 100 years after the Lugardian Amalgamation of the hitherto Northern and Southern Protectorates, and in deep recognition of the need to trace the historical development of the Nigerian Maritime with a view to chronicling and milestoning key growth factors that are germane to the effective repositioning of this major economic sector, the 4th edition of the Nigeria Maritime Expo (NIMAREX 2014) was successfully convened to also align with the quest to showcase the inherent and great potentials of the Nigerian Maritime Industry as have been beamed by previous NIMAREX Expos.
The presentations, deliberations and debates during the very interactive sessions held in the course of the very well-attended 3- (three-) day conference served to extend the frontiers of promise, opportunities and prosperity that Nigeria’s Maritime Industry portends and exudes.
After the robust proceedings at the Conference, the following resolutions were therefore proposed;
1. That Nigeria as a maritime nation with abundant natural and human resources should harness her maritime potentials by improving indigenous participation in shipping, engender competiveness, earn foreign exchange, create employment and accelerate development of her national defense and security system.
2. That Nigeria should develop a novel policy or plan to guide her maritime practice. However, Shipping Policies and developmental initiatives should be strengthened by encouraging critical Legislative actions