The Impression from the 15th Edition of the Maritime Seminar for Judges organised by the Nigerian Shippers’ Council in 2018 at Abuja

The Maritime Seminar for Judges (MSJ), a journey that started in 1995 which the Nigerian Shippers’ (NSC), opted for collaboration with the National Judicial Institute (NJI). The concept was to make it entirely Nigerian judges understands the maritime activities during their adjudicate for purpose of fair hearing . And also major objective of the biennial conference was to fill a gap noticed in the training process of judicial officers which was defective in the area of admiralty laws and matters so as to resolve the bottlenecks this has been creating in adjudicating maritime cases to enhance trade facilitation. Twenty three years down the line, the scope of the MSJ has become widened to include legal experts from other parts of Africa participating.

More than anything else, the massive presence of jurists and legal experts from the continent perhaps stands out the 2018 edition just ended in Abuja. The presence of justices, chief judges and other legal pundits from Ghana, Sierra Leone, Gambia, etc is a testimony to views canvassed at the conference that the MSJ was now assuming a sub-regional dimension and would, with time, become a platform to discuss ways to deepen the knowledge of admiralty laws by legal officers at the continental level.

Chief Adebayo Sarumi OFR, Chairman of the day, Hon Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen GCON, Chief Justice of Nigeria Hon. Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa CFR, President of the Court of Appeal

 

Sabiu Zakari Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Transportation, Hassan Bello Executive Secretary/CEO Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Hon. Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa CFR, President of the Court of Appeal and Hon. Justice Rosaline Irorefe Bozimo, OFR Administrator, National Judicial Institute

 

Hon Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen GCON, Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hassan Bello Executive Secretary/CEO Nigerian Shippers’ Council
Hon Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen GCON, Chief Justice of Nigeria and Hon. Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa CFR, President of the Court of Appeal
Chief Adebayo Sarumi OFR, Chairman of the day and Hon Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen GCON, Chief Justice of NigeriaThe Nigerian Shippers’ Council  Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Hassan Bello, thanked all participants, especially the Chief Justices of Gambia, Ghana and Sierra Leone for taking part in the seminar which is aimed at moving the African maritime industry forward.While thanking his colleagues on the 2018 MSJ committee for their diligence and sacrifice in making the outing a huge success, Hon. Justice A. A. Kafarati, a Judge of the Federal High Court, aligned with an important suggestion from a number of stakeholders, namely, to change the timing of the seminar from a biennial affair to an annual event. He acknowledged the need to expand the frontiers of participation to include countries in West Africa and even beyond.

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