Shipper laments dearth of qualified seafarers in Nigeria

Prince Ayorinde Adedoyin

 Prince Ayorinde Adedoyin, the Chief Executive Officer of Peacegate, a maritime services provider, has lamented the dearth of qualified seafarers in Nigeria.

Adedoyin made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN)  in Lagos.

The maritime expert said his personal experience showed the difficulties ship-owners faced in trying to get qualified seafarers in Nigeria.

He said the Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN) Oron, was good at training seafarers but could not provide them sea-time experience, which was most needed.

Adedoyin said that the situation had made it difficult to sustain Nigerian seafarers on a job as they leave a job after being trained by ship-owners.

“I can tell you from my personal experience that we have a big problem in terms of getting qualified seafarers in Nigeria.

“And the few who are available also think like ‘because I’m needed I can jump ships at any time’.

“But when you have like Oron there, it’s not that they are not good in training people, but you know when you train people and they don’t have sea-time, how do you want them to perform?

“You have someone who is theoretically good, but practicality is like zero. So, it is like when you take people like this on you start training them.

“And you can imagine you train people, you spend your time, you spend your money to train people and the day they get their certificate they jump ship to another.

“You know, there is no law that protects you as an employer and this is why you find out that majority of the people don’t want to spend their money and time in training people that will move tomorrow.

“So, they will rather go and get someone from Philippines, they pay him, he works and he goes.”

Adedoyin also said that certification was a problem as a number of seafarers presented fake certificates claiming they were trained in Ghana, but end up clueless on the job demand.