Stakeholders in the maritime sector of the economy from the Northern part of the country have formed an association.
It is called Arewa Maritime Practitioners Association (AMPA).
The association, in a statement, issued in Lagos indicated its intention for dynamic and inspiring participation to boost the maritime industry.
The statement jointly signed by AMPA Ad-hoc Committee President and General Secretary, Mr. Joshua Adamu, and Alhaji Suleiman Zailani, respectively, said it is a “coalition of maritime practitioners of Arewa extraction incorporated to chart a course for unity and progress of its members and to interface with other stakeholders in providing a lasting legacy to our chosen profession."
According to the body, it is "a non-profit or political organisation," which aims and objectives including fostering unity, love, understanding and peaceful co-existence among members; projecting, encourage, promote members' participation in the socio-cultural activities of the maritime sector of our economy.
It will also encourage, promote and assist, where possible, in the developmental efforts of the maritime policy; as well as create a spirit of brotherhood among all members, irrespective of tribe, religion, sex or status.
The statement explained that AMPA will actively seek the co-operation of, and work closely with the various agencies in the sector for the upliftment of its members.