Over 200 persons including youths and adults have been exposed to the numerous career and investment opportunities that abound in the nation’s maritime sector courtesy of the 8th Annual Shipping Career Summit tagged Warri 2014 organised by Nigeria’s leading maritime media firm, Ships & Ports Communicationn Company.
The over 200 persons who attended the summit held yesterday at the Petroluem Training Institute (PTI) Warri, Delta State were drawn from states in the country’s south-south geo-political zone.
In her opening remarks at the event, the Summit Coordinator, Ms Eucharia Okoli, said that the annual event which has been held in six other states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, was her company’s contribution to address the dearth of manpower in the maritme industry and to broaden the knowledge of Nigerians about the industry.
“There is so much that all of you can gain and the Nigerian economy can gain from the shipping sector. For over eight years, our campaign to young Nigerians has always been “Go to Sea” and we are happy that this is paying off.
“The turn-out at the event today is very impressive and encouraging. We need this critical mass to make the desired change in the shipping sector,” Okoli stated.
Former National President of the Nigerian Association of Master Mariners (NAMM) Captain Adewale Ishola who chaired the Summit, admonished the participants to take advantage of the opportunity of the enlightenemnt programme to better their lot.
Ishola who said he had participated in all past editions of the Summit said government agencies in the maritime industry particularly the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) took a clue from the Summit to develop the National Seafarers Development programme (NSDP) which over 17 states government have keyed into.
On hand to expose the participants to various career and investment opportunities offered by the shipping sector were the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) represented by Assistant Chief Operations Officer, Miss Adaora Nwonu; President, Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) Nigeria, Mrs Jean Chiazor Anishere; Chairman, ANLCA, Delta/Edo Chapter, Chief Tony Okome; and the Deputy Director, Warri Port, Nigerian Shipper Council, Mr. Phillip Eduwa, among others.