The Bowen University, Iwo; University of Lagos (UNILAG) and Ekiti State University (EKSU), have emerged winners of the Maritime Blueprint Competition in which Law students from six universities participated.
The competition, sponsored by SIFAX Group, was one of the activities of the Taiwo Afolabi Annual Maritime Conference, and the third edition held on Monday in Lagos.
SIFAX Group is one of the terminal operators in Lagos ports and the competition held in partnership with the Maritime Forum of the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos.
“At the end of the competition, which used a debate format, Bowen University, Iwo, represented by Adekeye Olanrewaju and Dunmade Samuel emerged the overall winner with 85 points.
“UNILAG represented by Pius Bankong and Ipinnuoluwa Ade-Ademi and EKSU by Durola Ayobami Tosin and Oyewole Sunday came second and third respectively with 81 and 78 points.
” Other schools that participated were the University of Benin, the University of Ilorin and Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
“The first round of debate was on the merits and demerits of foreign direct investments in the maritime sector.
” The final round of the debate was on the topic; “Port Costs & Port Charges A Recurring Decimal Under Port Reform Regime.
“Mouth-watering prizes including laptops, smartphones and cash were given to the winners,” Dr Taiwo Afolabi, Group Executive Vice-Chairman, SIFAX Group, said in a statement signed by the Corporate Affairs Manager SIFAX, Mr Muyiwa Akande.
Afolabi said there was the need to deepen the knowledge base of the Law students and to stimulate their interest in the country’s Maritime industry were responsible for the company’s sponsorship of the competition.
According to him; “we don’t have enough maritime legal experts in the industry as I speak to you. Very few students also show interests in the legal aspect of the sector”.
He said that having identified the few lawyers in the maritime sector, the company decided to take up the sponsorship of the competition.
“We believe that this gesture would go a long way in stimulating the interest of students in Maritime Law.
“I am personally leading the mentorship charge because as a lawyer, I have experienced firsthand the many opportunities inherent in the application of law to the maritime sector.
“We are also doing this because, at SIFAX Group, it’s part of our corporate philosophy to positively affect the society,” he said