The Nigeria Chamber of Shipping (NCS) has honoured the Transport and Maritime Editor of THISDAY, Mr. John Iwori, with an award for his coverage of the maritime sector of the economy.
In a colourful ceremony which took place at Ikoyi, Lagos, the Director General of NCS, Mrs. Ifeayinwa Anazonwu-Akerele, said Iwori was given the award for enhancing maritime media awareness through his incisive reports and analysis in THISDAY.
The occasion was the 10th year anniversary of NCS, which is the umbrella body of shipping practitioners in the country. Among other eminent Nigerians in its fold, NCS has former military Vice-President, Admiral Okhai Mike Akhigbe (retired), as the President of its Governing Council.
According to Anazonwu-Akerele, Iwori has done well in bringing to the public domain the main issues that underpinned the maritime sector of the economy.
In the media category, three other persons were also honoured. They are the Deputy Director and Head Public Relations, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Hajia Lami Tumaka, publishers of Ships and Ports, MMS Plus, Mr. Bolaji Akinola and Mr. Kingsley Anaroke respectively.
Other prominent Nigerians were also honoured at the occasion that attracted dignitaries from far and near.
They are the Director General of NIMASA, Mr. Patrick Akpobolokemi; Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Alhaji Habib Abdullahi; immediate past Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), Captain Adamu Biu; Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Alhaji Inde Dikko Abdullahi; and the Rector of MAN, Oron, Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Joshua Okpo.
Others are the immediate past Managing Director of NPA, Mr. Suleiman Omar; National President of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Prince Olayiwola Shittu; the founder of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF); Dr. Boniface Aniebonam, and master mariner, Captain Abiodun Omoteso, among others.
Iwori is a graduate of Political Science, University of Ibadan, Diploma in Journalism from the International Institute of Journalism (IIJ), Abuja, and a Masters in Transport Management (MTM), Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, Oyo State.
The multiple-awards-winning journalist started his career as a media practitioner when he was employed in 1996 as Reporter 1, The Tide, a daily newspaper published by the Rivers State Newspaper Corporation (RSNC), Port Harcourt.
From there, he moved to THISDAY Newspaper Group in 1999 where he has served in various capacities. These include Bayelsa State Bureau Chief, South-south Regional Editor, Energy Editor and presently, the Transport and Maritime Editor.
His published stories and analysis have earned him accolades from far and near, including the prestigious Nigerian Media Merit Award (NMMA) which he won in 2008 as the Best Maritime Reporter of the Year.
Iwori was declared the overall winner out of three other journalists nominated for the same category at an impressive ceremony which took place at the Conference Hall of Tropicana Hotel, Kano in 2008. The NMMA, superintended by the doyen in the media industry carried a cash prize, a golden gong of excellence and a certificate. The NMMA’s Maritime Reporter of the Year category was endowed by the management of NPA.
Only this year, the umbrella body of licensed customs agents in the country, the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) hailed Iwori for his adept coverage of the maritime sector of the economy.
ANLCA stated that the report which differs significantly from the norm by some journalists to seat down in the news room and rely largely on what they are told through press statement has gone a long way in elucidating the challenges of night operation in the nation’s seaports.
According to it, the publication has helped in putting into perspective, the key issues driving the 24 hours operation in the nation’s seaports, airports and international borders.
Similarly, a Lagos-based tabloid, Maritime Watch, also nominated Iwori as the Maritime Reporter of the Year 2012.
A statement by Maritime Watch signed by its Publisher, Mr. Shola Mekusi, said Iwori would be formally decorated among other awardees at the 11th anniversary and gala night of the tabloid at Ikeja, Lagos this month.