By Chinonye Anyatonwu
Frontline Maritime Journalists have unveiled a new group known as Congress of Nigerian Maritime Media Practitioners, (CONMMEP) with the aim to adequately showcase, educate and inform governments agencies, stakeholders and general public of activities in the Maritime sector.
CONMMEP believes happenings in maritime sector are not well reported due to lack of synergy between operators and maritime Journalists.
The President of CONMMEP, Alhaji Tunde Umar – Daniah, while presenting the new association to his colleagues (Journalists) in Apapa on Friday, said that one of the major reasons the nation’s economy is yet to flourish was because the maritime sector has not received the kind of attention it deserves.
According to him, “it is not that the government is deliberately not doing the right thing but because most times some key operators mislead those in authority by not telling them the actual issues on ground.”
Daniah urged maritime stakeholders to always partner with the media so that the right information would get to policy and decision makers and investors.
The CONMMEP President added that the massive water resources made available by God to Nigeria if probably harnessed, is capable of changing the fortunes of the country for good.
“The Maritime sector if adequately and judiciously harnessed has the potential of generating more revenue for the country than oil.
“What the Federal Government needs is to pay close attention to the sector and also engage professionals with requisite experience to champion rapid development of the Maritime industry.
Emphasizing on synergy with industry stakeholders, he (CONMMEP President) said operators in the maritime sector suffer in silence because government do not know what the main issues are since the operators do not open-up to Journalists.
” We need to collaborate with all segments of the maritime community for the growth and development of our nation. Operators should be able to brief Journalists when activities of government agencies are negatively affecting their businesses. Also, agencies of government should partner the media for better stakeholders understanding of their policies. By so doing, there will be peace and positive changes in the Maritime sector.”
Furthermore, Daniah advised operators and Government agencies in the maritime industry to always collaborate with CONMMEP and other Maritime journalists so that the right information on activities and development in the sector can be disseminated to investors and the general public in good time.
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