The matter of youth
unemployment could be one great phobia of Nigeria’s apex maritime regulatory organ, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
The agency is promising possible job placements for the first batch of graduating students from its Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme(NSDP).
NIMASA Director-General, Mr Ziakede Patrick Akpobolokemi, stated this in his address at the dinner reception held for the 22 NSDP graduates on Saturday at Sheraton Hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos.
Akpobolokemi said: “We promise to do everything possible to provide jobs for these graduates because when the youths are hungry, there will be trouble.
“But investing in the youths is the best assurance for a peaceful nation.”
The NSDP, according to him, was on course to achieving its plan to create a pool for maritime industry manpower, serving both local and international needs.
The NIMASA boss explained that the graduates had completed their four-year training, including the mandatory sea-time experience for international standards in seafaring.
“There were criticisms when we started and people talked about sea-time. This programme has the sea-time component because it was our resolve, and we have given them sea-time training,” Akpobolokemi said.
He revealed that NIMASA has had a quiet revolution on-going through its efforts to ensure that many Nigerians work in the cabotage trade, as a way of encouraging the local content in crewing.
Thanking the governments of Ebonyi, Ekiti, Ondo and Benue states for keying into the NSDP, the NIMASA Director-General urged other states to do same.
In his words: “We urge all other states to key into this programme. Although it is expensive, but we have resolved to invest in the youths to build Nigeria.”
Also speaking, the Chairman, National Seafarers Welfare Board (NSWB), Otunba Kunle Folarin, said that the NSDP was poised to make Nigeria’s maritime industry one of the best in the world.
“With what NIMASA has started, I believe our maritime industry will be one of the best. There will also be jobs for these youths because over 4,500 vessels call at our ports yearly,” he said.
Folarin, who is also the Chairman of the Nigerian Ports Consultative Council (PCC), advised the graduating cadets to remain focused and dedicated, adding that their Certificate of Competency had international value.
He advised them to do great work for the nation, because their profession is key to the development of the economy, stressing that, “Your Certificate of Competence is equivalent to currency which is recognised internationally. “
Speaking on behalf of the graduating cadets, Mr Raphael Faboro, expressed gratitude to NIMASA for the training, and requested that they be assisted to get jobs.
In his words: “We thank NIMASA and we promise to be good ambassadors of the nation and we are prepared to serve diligently, appealing that more youths be trained on the programme.
NSC Boss Warns Maritime Agencies Against Unhealthy Rivalries
The Executive Secretary/ Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Barrister Hassan Bello, has warned agencies in the maritime sector to avoid superiority rivalry, saying it has done the industry more harm than good.
He also advised heads of maritime agencies to avoid cosmetic cooperation and come together for the development of the industry.
Bello gave this warning at a sent-forth ceremony organised in his honour, last Friday.
Bello bowed out of service last Friday after eight years of service.
He was appointed by the Goodluck Jonathan administration in 2013. Before his appointment, he was the Director, Legal Services of the NSC.
Bello noted that some agencies spent so much in defending their territories while neglecting their statutory mandates.
According to him, “There is lack of synergy among the agencies and I don’t think it is succeeding because it has been the basis of equality. There is no agency that is better than the other.
“Agencies are not graded by their budgets but what they contribute, but it is very unfortunate some agencies think that maritime starts and stops with them. No, it cannot work.
“Some agencies are trying to defend territories and in doing so, they go to a large extent and that is not good. They spend a lot of money to defend these territories while they neglect what they are established to do and that’s why we are not developing and that’s what Nigerian Shippers’ Council will never take from anybody not now, tomorrow or forever. We are all equal, we all have contributions to make.
“We can’t be having cosmetic cooperation, we have to have real cooperation”.
Bello said that the Federal Ministry of Transportation had undergone a lot of transformations, saying the era of state capture was over.
He lauded the Minister, Permanent Secretary and Directors of the Ministry for giving the Council the opportunity to achieve a lot through their supports.
By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos
Okowa Seeks Permanent Site For Maritime Varsity
The Delta State governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has called on the Federal Government to develop the permanent site of the Nigeria Maritime University (NMU), Okerenkoko.
Okowa made the call while playing host to the Governing Council of the university during a courtesy visit at the Government House, Asaba.
He said the establishment of a permanent campus would go a long way in putting the university on a sound footing, and ultimately enable it to deliver on its core mandate of imparting sound maritime-related education on students.
The governor said he was happy that the institution took off academic activities at the temporary site but urged the Federal Government to make resources available for the construction of buildings and provision of amenities that would enhance academic activities.
He noted that the birth of the special educational institution for the training of manpower in the maritime sector had strengthened peace and the economy of riverine communities.
Okowa advocated the need for more projects to be sited in riverine areas because of the inputs of riverine areas to the economy of the nation.
“We thank God that the Maritime University has started even when we have challenges because we do know that the take-off of the university brought good news to our people and helped us to build peace, particularly in our riverine areas”, he said.
Earlier, Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council of the university, Dr Elias Courson, commended Governor Okowa for his inspiring and magnanimous support towards the take-off and continued development of the university.
He also thanked the governor for establishing three additional universities in the state, which would provide additional access to quality education not only to Deltans but to Nigerians.
Dr Courson, however, appealed to Okowa to assist the university in completing the renovation/ remodelling of the classroom blocks, construction of additional staff quarters and provision of a potable water scheme in the campus.
By: Chinedu Wosu
2022 Nations Cup: S’Eagles To Travel To Cameroon By Boat
The Lagos State Ferry Services (LAGFERRY) says it will convey the Super Eagles of Nigeria by boat to Cameroon for next year’s Nations Cup.
Managing Director, LAGFERRY, Abdullah Balogun, stated this in a statement.
“We plan to take Nigeria’s Super Eagles to Cameroon for next year’s Nations Cup after achieving that of Benin Republic — this is a goal we have set for ourselves”, Balogun said.
LAGFERRY said they considered the boat trip following the success recorded in the Benin experience.
He said, “It was a major milestone for us to transport Nigeria’s national team to the Benin Republic through the waterways.
“Coming on board LAGFERRY through the international route to the Benin Republic is a mind-blowing experience. We were excited to be part of it”.
The LAGFERRY boss said the success recorded in the Benin game, where the Eagles won 1-0 away, was as a result of the trouble-free trip.
“It reflected on the field of play and it showed on their (players) performances because they came out victorious in the game,” he said.
Balogun said the players, during next year’s boat trip, would enjoy free Wi-Fi, USB pots and a lot of entertainment and side attractions enabled by technology.
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