Misrepresentation by the maritime media industry of the newly appointed Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Hon. Emmanuel Jime has been the trend since the arrival of the highly intelligent and gentleman.
Against the backdrop that the Chief Executive Officer has been shunning stakeholders’ requests to meet with him, some journalists in the industry both print and broadcast can testify that he had met with all freight forwarding associations in a meeting. Jime in that meeting was quoted as saying, “Freight forwarding association should work together to present a common front.” This same man who was alleged of being reticent since his arrival has met with the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) in a bid to collaborate to enhance the effectiveness of both agencies in the industry.
It is not farfetched that the sudden uproar emanating from some social media platforms is as a result of financial benefits that would be associated with meeting with the ES, not that they are fervid about the growth of the Industry.
To set the record straight, it is the social duty of trained maritime media personnel to report issues that are policy-based especially when it has to do with the industry. It is never an understatement that the priority had just been misplaced.
The maritime community is saying, “Give Jime More Time To Study The Industry”. This is a legal practitioner who is not much grounded in the maritime industry but had once been appointed as Managing Director at the Nigerian Export Processing Zone Authority (NEPZA) which is a little bit related to some activities in a typical seaport.
He would call the press in due time but trying to pressurize him would not birth any desire of the media personnel at the ports.
Let the boisterous agitation douse down and let’s wait until the gentle and intelligent man is ready to give the media feedback.