Strengthening Collaborative Efforts with Abuja MoU in Nigeria

During the Nigeria stakeholder visit, MACN Secretariat and our local partner, CBi, had the opportunity to meet with the Abuja Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Secretariat in Lagos. We met with the Secretary-General, Capt. Sunday Michael Umoren, alongside Engr. Richard Owolabi and Ms. Elozino Eteghrara to discuss our continued engagement, initiatives, and collaboration.

We discussed exploring further avenues for Collective Action and Collaboration by introducing capacity-building programs via Ethics and Integrity Leadership trainings, and other awareness-raising methodologies for the respective Maritime Administrations in the West and Central African Region. Through the Ethics and Integrity Leadership training, we envision an avenue for capacity building of Port State Control Officers (PSCOs) monitoring adherence to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), laws, regulations, and policies that apply to their day-to-day job responsibilities at the ports and in respective Maritime Administrations. Thereby furthering the key fundamental principles of IMO’s Code of Good Practice for PSCOs, and equally taking account of the FAL.5 Circ.48– Guidance to implement and adopt procedures against maritime corruption, and more importantly, the Core Values of the Abuja MoU – Professionalism, Respect, Accountability, Communication, Teamwork, Technology, Integrity, Safety, Security and Excellence (PRACTTISSE).