at the fifth edition of the Nigeria Maritime Expo(NIMAREX) said
development and growth of the sector will depend on capacity building and
Capt. Saib Olopoenia, the
President of the Nigerian Association of Master Mariners (NAMM), said the issue
of well- qualified personnel to manage the industry was critical to its
of Nigeria(MAN) in Oron, Akwa Ibom, lacked the capacity to produce seafarers of
international standard since they could not give the cadets seatime training.
seafarer marketable to the world, but the maritime academy does not give the
cadets the required seatime training.
youths are eager to become seafarers, but what about the right training for
them?” he noted.
Nigeria at the present has about 10,000 seafarers, which he said was inadequate
to run the nation’s maritime industry.
make huge economic gains and impact just like the Philippines does through
seafarers development and export that rakes in as much as $4.6 billion
Association of Lagos State, said the Nigerian cadets could begin to get seatime
training only when the shipowners acquire vessels.
would take the stakeholders coming together to set up a fund that would be
geared towards vessel financing.
the requisite seatime, so, I challenge stakeholders to come together to set up
a fund to enable us acquire vessels over time.”
the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders, also said
that capacity building in all sub-sectors of the maritime industry remained
young officers still lacked seatime experience, which is a a requirement for
dedicate adequate funding to development if the industry.