The Executive Secretary of Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Hon Emmanuel Jime, has expressed his excitement over the outcome of the recent maritime seminar for judges.
Jime who spoke on the seminar which was organized in Abuja between his Council and the National Judicial Institute (NJI) described it as a huge success.
He said he was particularly excited because of the quality of participation from judges who came from all parts of the country and outside Nigeria.
He said, “This is the first opportunity I have had since I assumed office as CEO of NSC to organize this very important forum. It has been going on since 1995. It is biennial which means we hold it every two years which should have taken place in 2020 but it did not hold because of COVID.
“ From my perspective, I look at the quality of participation and those who have come from far and near in particular the extension to other countries on the continent, like Kenya for instance that is attending for the first time and also to mention the other sister countries of Ghana, Sierra Leone and Anglo-phone countries”.
Jime said that the seminar attracted judges lawyers, legal practitioners, shipowners, terminal operators and others who have interest in the development of the industry.
He added, “To me this is very exciting prospect. I am just too happy that destiny has bestowed on me the opportunity to supervise on this very important seminar.
“The seminar was an opportunity to launch a compendium which are materials gathered earlier from other editions of the seminar. I have listened to participants and I think there is a level of excitement we have generated with the outcome of what has been happening in the previous editions.
He said that the seminar will further developments that have already occurred, adding that the series were conceptualized in order to bridge the knowledge gap that was existing in the practice of the industry.
He explained that the NSC understanding in the past has been that since maritime law was not actually considered to be a course of study in the Nigerian university in the past, presiding judges on maritime cases may not have the necessary background that is requisite enough for them to be able to offer the kind of adjudication that will respond to the needs of the industry.
He said, “That was the background upon which the NSC decided to organize the seminar. What the seminar sets out to achieve is to update the knowledge of those sitting on adjudication over maritime cases brought before our law courts. That is the main reason the series were conceptualized in the first place.
“There was a call during the seminar that Nigerian universities must begin to introduce maritime law courses. NSC is working in collaboration with most Nigerian law faculties to ensure that there is an institutionalized study in this sector of law practice. There is a plan and I think from the earlier seminar the collaboration between the law faculty of Lagos University has led to the establishment of some aspects of teaching of maritime law in the University of Lagos.
“I believe that can be expanded because the more people understand the importance of undertaking training as far as maritime law is concerned the greater the imperative for the course to be taken in Nigerian universities. “There is now an interest that has developed and I am glad to say that that interest is coming as one of the outcome of training sessions offered by the maritime series”.