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By rasheedakinshola • 13 days ago • 9 views • 0 comments

P/Harcourt – The Nigerian seafarers have called on the Federal Government, particularly, President Mohammadu Buhari to strengthen the seafarers training institutions towards producing quality replacement for the ageing seafarers.

The Nigerian Merchant Navy Officers and Water Transport Senior Staff Association (NMNOWTSSA), who made the call, said the move would be necessary for the country not to run out of seafarers.

According to this senior cadre of seafarers, the present seafarers in the country are already getting old and there is no provision for replacement even as there is no quality training for the younger generation of seafarers in the country.

Engr Matthew Alalade, the National President of the group, stated this in a statement made available to our correspondent in Port Harcourt, Rivers state capital last week.

He maintained that training seafarers to the highest level would cost the government less than importing seafarers from abroad in the near future.

He urged President Buhari to upgrade existing maritime institutions in accordance with International Maritime Organisation (IMO) requirements.

Alalade called on the Federal Government to focus on maritime industry by reviewing unpopular policies so as to help develop the sector.

He urged President Buhari to use his second term to acquire vessels to lift Nigerian crudes as well as to empower indigenous ship owners.

“President Buhari should focus on maritime sector, acquire ships to train our cadets, provide jobs for Nigerians, lift our cargo with definite ease of doing business and drop unpopular policies on high cost of doing business, thereby diverting shipping trade to neighboring shores.

Alalade further admonished Buhari to “review trade policies as Nigeria cannot afford to be an island in global community.”


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