The Ship Owners Association of Nigeria (SOAN) during the weekend inaugurated newly elected executive council members
SOAN an association founded in 2015 comprises ship owning companies with proven track records of active participation in the maritime industry, including the upstream and downstream sectors of the oil and gas sub sector.
The event held in Lagos witnessed a change of leadership baton from former President and executives to the newly elected executive council members
Recall that the association last month elected a new executive led by a medical practitioner, Doctor Mkgeorge Onyung, to lead the association for the next two years as its President.
Speaking at the event, the Chairman of the occasion and former Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Chief Adebayo Sarunmi said the association has proven to be steadfast against all odds.
According to him “In my wildest imagination I never thought that SOAN will be here today
“I never thought that there are Nigerians who can actually make things happen in the shipping industry like the outgoing President and his executives.
“Greg has proven to be extremely visionary, having the ability to lead people and that is why we are here today.
“This is the first time we will have ship Owners in the real sense of it in the world.
“And am happy we are getting it right, because left for foreign ship owners they will not want us to have an association like this, just because they want to monopolize the Industry.
“I knew where we are five years ago, and I know where we are today, so I know very soon when African Ships owners are emerging Nigeria will lead Africa and SOAN is going to be the forerunner.
“I am happy that the election is without rancour and that is because all of you supported each other”.
He urged the newly executives to work hand in hand to achieve greater result.
“Together you have been able to achieve quite a lot and I believe the new executives will emulates same and do more.
“Remember it is not only the IOC’s that are expecting you to perform, please remember that rest of Nigerians want to carry their cargo in Nigeria ships” he said.
Speaking earlier the outgoing President Greg Ogbeifun said the ship owners association has proven to be the bed rock of the maritime industry.
“The Maritime industry and shipping industry will amount to nothing without ships, so the ship owners are of utmost importance’.
“I appreciate the ship owners for their support, they have made SOAN have international recognition.
“I am very proud for the support you gave to me and the outgoing president without you there won’t be SOAN
“I believe this association will continue to drive things and make things happen in the industry.
“To the press you have made SOAN what it is today, without who SOAN won’t have been here today I request that same support you gave to me will be given to the new executive.”
The Rector of Maritime Academy Oron, Commodore Emma Effedua commended the association for remaining robust despite the challenges they are facing.
“As the rector of the academy there is no way we can operate without the association.
“Ogbeifun and his past executives have been so kind to us despite the challenges they are facing supporting the school, the cadets and this we hold in high esteem, “So on this note I will want the new executives to come for facility tour to see what we are doing and how they can encourage us to do more.” He said. Members of the newly elected executives council includes Dr. MkGeorge Onyung (President), Eno Williams,Babalola Adefarati, Iroghama Obuoforibo, Wisdom Nwagwu, Rotarian Lucky Akhiwu, Dr. Luis Ekere, Gbolahan Shaba.