The Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN) has officially absolved factioner members of maritime journalist association; Maritime Journalist Association of Nigeria (MAJAN) after a reconciliation meeting with members who were sent out of the association some years ago.
In a press statement released in Apapa Lagos today, copy received by Ebony Herald, the Secretary General of MARAN, Dapo Olawunmi said that this was the major highlight of the inauguration ceremony held at the International Maritime Press Centre in Apapa to usher in the newly elected executives.
According to the statement, members who were brought back into the MARAN fold includes; Mr. Ray Ugochukwu who hitherto was president of MAJAN, and his Secretary, Mr. David Oladimeji.
Others are; Mr. Leye Ajayi, Femi Orioye, Friday Odoemena and Obiajulu Agu.
Speaking at the inauguration, President of MARAN, Mr. Anya Njoku said that the move to bring back members of the association as well as other associations members is in fulfillment of an agreement signed by MARAN and three other associations at a meeting supervised by the National President of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Mr. Waheed Odusile.
At the end of the meeting held at the Rockview Hotels in Apapa three years ago, the four associations agreed to collapse into a single body; Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN)
The three other associations that signed the agreement included; League of Maritime Editors, MAJAN, and the Association of Maritime Journalists (AMJON)
According to Njoku, “The war is over, there is no need for bickering, the door of MARAN has equally been opened to other qualified journalists covering the maritime sector and new intending members should submit their applications”
Njoku also noted that MARAN is happy to reconcile journalists back under one umbrella in compliance to a Ministerial directive issued by Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi three years ago.
The minister had noted at that time that their was need for journalists to speak with one voice.
Njoku informed that all heads of maritime agencies should take note that MARAN has now fulfilled the wish of the Minister of Transportation.