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Marine Academy Graduates Professors, Others On Maritime Security

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The Merchant Marine Training Academy, controlled by the Merchant Navy Directorate has said that the academy has graduated professors and masters degree holders on maritime security.
A statement made available to The Tide by Secretary of the Academy, Capt Alfred Oniye, said the academy was set up with the aim of bridging knowledge gap in Nigerian cadets especially in marine intelligence and business intelligence.
The academy which is headed by a Rector, retired Navy Capt Abel Ogah Oniye, described the institute as a professional institute where some of the students who have already finished from one maritime institution or the other are assembled for greater knowledge. 
The rector said, it is a shame for a maritime nation like Nigeria to send its cadets outside the country to acquire certificates.on maritime activities.
Capt Oniye decried a situation whereby today, a certificate of competency obtained in Ghana is more powerful than what is issued in a maritime nation like Nigeria.
According to him, “When we say we want to revamp the Nigerian economy, few of us that are experts cannot do it alone, so what we did was to set up a training institute in collaboration with a foreign university, we called it a citadel of knowledge where we can impart knowledge and raise giants that would revamp the Nigerian economy.
“The basic reason for setting up this institute and affiliate it outside Nigerian university we are still going to do, but for now, we want to build the reputation from outside the country, but our major responsibility is to raise giants that would believe in this country and revamp the Nigerian economy through the maritime industry. Our core value is collaboration; we are ready to collaborate with any existing agency.
“At the present, we have not started navigation or engineering courses, the area we are focusing on is maritime security, marine intelligence and business intelligence, and these are the areas the sector is seriously lacking, if our waters are secure, investors would come in, he said.”
Capt Oniye, who did not disclose how many students bag bagged Professorial  and Masters degrees, said that one of the objectives of the merchant navy directorate was to set up a world standard training institute which was what it was doing now.
“What we run here is American standard, we don’t take more than 16 people in the class, it is an executive class as ”Foreigners have dominated Nigerian waters because the indigenes do not have enough knowledge about the waters.” He said
“So, we decided to bring that knowledge that is outside to this place. Ask the students who have finished from here, in this school we have graduated professors, in the last batch, we had professor among them, we have PHD holders who are captains among our student, I cannot tell you the amount of master degree holders that we have trained in this institution, we want to make them understand that the industry is still fatal and is untapped, this industry controls 90% of Nigerian economy but it is untapped” he

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NSC Boss Warns Maritime Agencies Against Unhealthy Rivalries

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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

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Okowa Seeks Permanent Site For Maritime Varsity

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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

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2022 Nations Cup: S’Eagles To Travel To Cameroon By Boat

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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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