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.