AMJON TRAINING: NCS, MWUN, School of Eloquence Educate Media on Activities

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By Innocent Orok

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria ( MWUN) and School of Eloquence who were lead speakers at a training workshop organized by Association of Maritime Journalists of Nigeria (AMJON) in collaboration with School of Eloquence , Ikoyi Lagos have stated some of the revolutionary and people oriented activities ongoing at their organisations, urging the media to abreast with modern techniques of reportage.

Speaking on behalf of the President General of MWUN, Comrade Tonye Harry, Deputy President General said MWUN has concluded the verification of the disengaged seafarers of the defunct Nigerian National Shipping Line (NNSL), after 28 years of liquidation of the national carrier over their unpaid benefits, promising that the Federal Government would soon pay the disengaged seafarers their pensions.

He stated that the union will leave no stone unturned to ensure that the disengaged seafarers get their due pension. He did not however, give the exact date when the aged seafarers will receive their pensions.

Comrade Adeyanju took the journalists on the rudiments of the operations and administration of the union and its duties to the workers, saying the Nigerian port industry continues to enjoy stable peace because of the Collective Bargaining Agreement strategy put in place to ensure that workers are paid their living wage. He disclosed that the agreement is reviewed every two years.

“The good thing about it is that if there is anything that was not captured in the agreement, one can patiently wait for the next two years for it to be addressed,” he said.

Also, speaking at the training, the Dean of School of Eloquence, Mr Ubong Essien tasked journalists to explore and unearth potentials in the Marine and Blue Economy in their reportage.

Essien , who was a former Special Adviser on Media and Strategy to the immediate past Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr Bashir Jamoh , called on the media practitioners to create wealth for themselves through effective and quality reportage about the Marine and Blue Economy , saying that the sector was under-reported by journalists.

Speaking further on the multiple advantages of the sector, the media mogul reiterated that the maritime industry is not limited to the ocean or ships, maintaining that the blue economy is vast to the extent that a journalist can choose to specialize on a segment and get the desired relevancy to create wealth.

According to him, journalists can specialise on any given sub -sector within the industry, improve on it and create wealth from themselves.

While commending AMJON for the innovation, the Dean stressed that the school is open for partnership in the area of capacity building for members adding that journalists must equip themselves with modern day technologies like use of social media, Artificial Intelligence, Google etc to create the needed awareness for the Marine and Blue Economy growth.

He further described journalism and the legal practitioners as noble professions which in turn has the capacity to enlighten the public about new innovations, thus the professionals must be strategic while engaging critical stakeholders for nation building and economic development.

He further appealed to members of the association to prioritize capacity building as a veritable tool to gain more knowledge.

Describing”knowledge as power”, Essien stated that training and retraining of members of AMJON is a clear indication of wealth creation urging them not to relent in pursuit of academic abilities and upscaling of their knowledge base.

Also speaking, the representative of the National Public Relations Officer (NPRO) of the Nigeria Customs Service ( NCS), Superintendent of Customs Abdullahi Lagos Abiola, who is the Public Relations Officer of Lekki Free Trade Zone/ Lekki Deep Seaport educated the media on Customs operations, as regards the activities at the LFTZ.

The resource persons from the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Maritime Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MWUN) and School of Eloquence engage AMJON members on the right terminology on their reportage and publications in line with ethics of the profession.

Among the team of MWUN at the training were, Comrade Harry Tonye , Head of Media MWUN, Comrade Oniha Odigie; Comrade Kennedy Ikemefuna. While the National Public Relations Officer (NPRO), Abdullahi Aliyu Maiwada was represented by the Customs Public Relations Officer, Lagos Free Zone, Superintendent of Customs Abdullahi Lagos Abiola.

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