No fewer than 33
youths have been sponsored by the Taraba State Government to study maritime courses at the Star Maritime Academy, Ihele, Ota, in Ogun State.
The youths who were graduates with Bachelor of Science (BSc) and Higher National Diploma (HND) from universities and polytechnics across the country are to acquire knowledge and skill about the national maritime sector.
The Rector of the institution, Dr. Reuben Osai, told newsmen at the passing out parade of the Cadets at the weekend that the government of Taraba State found the academy worthy to train its citizens in maritime studies, saying “it is a good initiative from a northern State to foresee the potential in the maritime sector”.
“The youths are currently offering a year programme from the foremost maritime academy in area of shippers management, nautical sciences and marine engineering.
“For now, we have a total of 33 contingents from Taraba State to be precise, and they are undergoing maritime courses. They are BSc and HND holders from different institutions across the country”.
The Rector, however said, for the government of a northern state to summon the courage to train its citizens in maritime, meant that it understand the potential in the sector.
Osai called on other state government to borrow a leaf from Taraba State Government by tapping into the potential in the maritime industry, especially for the benefit of the unemployed youths in their various state.
“The initiative is quite commendable and laudable”, stressing that the idea of the government sending its youths for maritime training is a welcome development that showed that maritime potential and awareness on maritime education is fast spreading to the north
According to him, “there are some areas in the maritime sector that are still untapped”, he said
“For a state government to have the faith in a private maritime institution like Star Academy instead of clamoring for foreign institutions, thereby siphoning our scare resources shows how prudent the government of the state is”.
Osai said that the 33 students had just concluded a week Sea School training, which is an added advantage over their mates with BSc and HND in the State.
NKpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos