President Goodluck Jonathan and Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, have been named in a strong field of personalities and investors that may have shaped the fate of Nigeria’s maritime industry in the last decade.
A coalition of stakeholders and practitioners, under the Nigeria Maritime Development Conference (NIMADEC) Group, pushing for total overhaul of the industry, said the president has inspired the industry with some sterling policy initiatives. The awards ceremony would round off the 2013 NIMADEC Summit holding between December 9 and 11 at Rockview Hotel in Apapa, Lagos.
The chairman of NIMADEC Group, Prince Andy Usanga, told BusinessDay in an exclusive interview that motivation remained the best tool to push for the rescue of the maritime sector and reposition it to boost economic growth.
Others listed for awards are the transport minister, Idris Umar; chairman of African Business Roundtable, Bamanga Turkur, and gov
ernor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio. Some corporations including Intels, Ladol, Dorman Long, Aveon Offshore and GGI Group have been cited for their consistent and creative investment confidence in Nigeria’s maritime sector over the years.