NIMASA to Partner with AMANO to Drive Growth in the Maritime Industry
At the 2nd National Convention held by The Alumni of Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron (AMANO) on November 9, the group called on the Federal Government to confront the numerous challenges bedeviling the country’s maritime industry and bridge the manpower gap in the industry by providing training vessels for cadets which will qualify them for COC with which they can work on board vessels as.
The president of AMANO and CEO of Arion Energy Services Ltd, Mr. Austin Ume Zurike expressed concern over the happenings in the industry. He said that the challenges have made Nigerian ship owners opt for foreign seafarers in place of local seafarers to work on board their ships.
“Our cadets when they come back from school are not able to proceed further because of lack of training opportunity. That problem has caused huge manpower inadequacy in the industry. We have had cases where Nigerian ship owners do not want to employ Nigeria crew because of lack of proper training.
Mr Ume Zurike said while the academy had reduced the number of admitted cadets to address the problem, there is, however, need for government to understand the importance of shipping development to the nation’s economy to fully address the challenge.
He advised the Government to open up other seaports in the South East and South South region of the country to address the perennial gridlock at Apapa and Tin Can port access roads.
The DG of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside represented by Engr Ekong Umotong at the Convention, assured that the agency will partner with AMANO to ensure that all stumbling blocks for the growth and development of the maritime sector are removed.
He stated that NIMASA and MAN, Oron, have what he described as a ‘symbiotic relationship’ that is eternal and cannot be broken.
“We are proud to have on our teeming staff strength AMANO members and to also announce to all that on a quarterly basis, there must be an event or activity that brings NIMASA and MAN, Oron, together. These are beside the constant prayer of the MAN team for NIMASA revenue to grow, knowing that 5% will statutorily be remitted back to Oron.”
He stated that NIMASA is proud to be associated with AMANO and to name her as one of her topmost stakeholders.
“We remain open to any invaluable contributions and business enhancement suggestions from your highly reputable association, knowing that this will also be beneficial to the maritime world and the current drive and focus on the blue economy. We are very much aware and proud of the many glass ceilings your members have broken and their strategic repositioning of Nigeria’s maritime industry. ”