Bowen, UNILAG, EKSU Emerge Winners Of 3rd Maritime Competition

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


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 University of Benin, 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, smart phones 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 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


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 lawyer 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

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.