A Mariner, Capt. Dennis Osah, on Thursday urged the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to give more attention to training of seafarers at the Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN) in Oron, Akwa Ibom.Osah said in Lagos that the academy should be the first institution to be considered by NIMASA for the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP).
He said that the academy deserved to be adequately equipped to train cadets to have sea-time experience and to acquire the needed international standards.Osah, who is the first President of the Nigerian Association of Master Mariners (NAMM), said that “all things being equal, the MAN should be at the heart of the development programme for the Nigerian seafarers’’.
The mariner commended the initiative of NIMASA in sending cadets abroad under the NSDP, but insisted that the MAN, Oron, must be given the needed attention by the Federal Government.He also advised the Federal Government to resuscitate the Nigerian National Shipping Line (NNSL) and concession it to private operators.
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