A Lagos base non-governmental organisation (NGO), Maritime Industry Advocacy Initiative (MAIN) has said it has incorporated what it called the Nigerian Maritime Industry Hall of Fame.
It said the initiative would serve as a special recognition platform for outstanding stakeholders in the maritime sector of the economy.
The NGO, in a statement, said the idea of incorporating the hall of fame was informed by the discovery that in spite of the fact that the maritime sector is vital and strategic to the Nigerian economy, there is no life-time platform to immortalise outstanding players and also put their achievements on records for posterity.
MAIN's Executive Director, Mr. Sesan Onileimo, explained that what the industry currently has are flurry of awards that are not designed to have a lasting effect. Onileimo, who is also the publisher of Nigeria's first daily maritime tabloid, Shipping Position Daily, said: "What we see every year are awards upon awards but the Nigerian Maritime Industry Hall of Fame is not an award. It is a life-time achievement scroll that was subjected to a rigorous incorporation process by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) before it was approved".
Continuing, the veteran journalist, who also doubles as the Chief Executive Officer of the Hall of Fame, said: "It is totally different from the conventional awards in that it is designed for topmost achievers whose records would be subjected to a very thorough and critical appraisal by a panel that the NGO will constitute.
"The Board of the NGO will also sit over the recommendations of the stakeholders' panel before the one person will be finally announced. It is only one person every year that will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The maiden edition of the Nigerian Maritime Industry Hall of Fame will hold at a date to be announced soon. The induction comes with a lecture that will be delivered by the inductee".