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LASU beats nine institutions to win 2019 maritime blueprint contest


Lagos State University (LASU) students and winners of the 2019 Blueprint Competition, Tiamiyu Hezekiah Toheeb (right); Enifeni Ibrahim and Emmanuel Omotayo Johnson at the fourth edition of the Taiwo Afolabi Annual Maritime Conference held at the University of Lagos recently.

For defeating their counterparts from nine other Nigerian universities, students from the Department of Law, Lagos State University (LASU), have emerged winners of the 2019 Maritime Blue Print Competition.

Schools that participated in the debate included, University of Lagos; Bowen University; University of Ilorin; Babcock University; Afe Babalola University; Crescent University; University of Ibadan; Obafemi Awolowo University and University of Benin.

After the preliminaries, two universities, UNILAG and LASU, qualified for the final round. At the end of the contest, the trio of Tiamiyu Hezekiah Toheeb, Enifeni Ibrahim and Emmanuel Omotayo Johnson from LASU emerged winners with 67 points; while the UNILAG team,comprising Mubarak Agboola, Otitoola Folajimi and Alao Omeiza Joshua emerged runners up with 65 points.

The participants debated on the topic: “Achieving the blue economy dream in the Nigerian maritime sector.” The competition is one of the activities of the Taiwo Afolabi Annual Maritime Conference, which is in its fourth edition and held in partnership with the Maritime Forum of the Faculty of Law, UNILAG.

Group Executive Vice Chairman, SIFAX Group, the sponsors of the competition, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, applauded the winning team for its doggedness and well-researched presentations. He noted that the competition’s key objective of stimulating university students’ interest in the maritime industry is gradually being fulfilled.

“The quality of the thoughts and styles of delivery by the students have been very encouraging. This has shown that the competition on an annual basis is yielding its desired results. This competition will go a long way in stimulating the interests of the students in maritime business. We will continue to partner the Maritime Forum to make this a sustainable initiative.”


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