The New Nigerian Peoples’ Party presidential candidate, Alh. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso is set to storm the Sheraton hotels, Lagos on Tuesday, 23 August, 2022.
Kwankwaso is billed for a town hall meeting with Maritime Stakeholders to unveil his Maritime Agenda in a bid to gain the confidence of the who is who in Nigerian Maritime Industry.
Speaking to Journalists Wednesday, in Apapa Lagos. The Organisers of the town hall meeting, the Prime Maritime Project said the presidential candidates of all the political parties would in this meetings be made to sign a social contract with the stakeholders.
According to one of the partners at the Prime Maritime Project Mr. Asu Beks, “no serious candidate will ignore the Maritime Industry, that is why we came up to challenge the political parties and their candidates to a Town Hall meeting, to market themselves reeling out their Maritime Agenda to the stakeholders.” Asu said the “Maritime Industry is due for a Ministry of Maritime Affairs and the candidates should tell the people what they can offer the industry with a Social contract being signed ”
Dr Boniface Aniebonam, Founder, National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (Nagaff) and New Nigeria Peoples’ Party who was also present at the event said that before now, politicians had their way with all sorts of lies and unfulfilled promises bandied during electioneering campaigns without being held accountable to these failed promises before now but today, there is a paradigm shift, the people are clamouring for a different way of doing things and political parties and their candidates would be held accountable to every promise made during electioneering campaigns. Nagaff has provided the platform and its left for you to decide. You ask the parties what they can offer and you decide whether to go along or not. Nagaff has provided this platform to ensure the port is galvanized,” Aniebonam said .
Also speaking, Mr Ray Ugochukwu, one the partners at Prime Maritime Project said the town hall meeting is not targeting just one party, even though it is kicking off the town hall meeting with the candidate of the NNPP. We have invited other political parties and their candidates to also attend other Town Hall meetings after this first one. “They have all been contacted and they will come on board at a chosen time to give us their own agenda and the incentives they can offer to the truckers, the Freight Forwarders, the Divers, Dockworkers, Operators and others. We have suggested dates that are tentative, until we get certain dates from them, he explained.
Speaking earlier, Mr Kingsley Anaroke, a principal partner at the Prime Maritime Project said the Town Hall meeting is an opportunity to deepen the Maritime Industry which has over 15 million votes up for grabs. Anaroke revealed that the Maritime industry as big as it is, is often not put into consideration in policy making as it is not even captured by the National Bureau for Statistics. He said the Industry has lagged behind because of things like this but it would be proper to get it right before these candidates get into office, they should tell us what plans they have for the Maritime industry.