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Capt. Omoteso dies at 72

One of
Nigeria’s foremost master mariners, Capt. Solomon Abiodun Omoteso is dead. 

Omoteso died Monday after a protracted illness.

He was born December 24, 1943 in Mopa, Mopamuro Local
Government Area of Kogi State.
Omoteso attended King Edward VII Nautical School in
London for his pre-sea training from 1963 to 1964.
He did maritime courses and obtained Class I Master
Mariner Certificate of Competence in Liverpool. He had his practical sea
training with Elder Depster Line from 1963 to 1968 and the Nigerian National
Shipping Line (NNSL) in 1984.
He held a Class 1 (Master Mariner) Certificate of
Competence, 1976 and Diploma in International Labour Organization (ILO) Port
Workers Development Programme 2003.
He was a facilitator during the International Maritime
Organization (IMO) preparatory meetings on the establishment of Port State Control
for West and Central African in 1996; facilitator for the establishment of
African Maritime Pilots Association in Dakar, Senegal 2010 and Organised
African Manning and Training Conference in Abuja 2005 and Ghana 2009. He served
as Acting Managing Director of the defunct Nigerian National Shipping Line
(NNSL) in 1990.
In 1992, Omoteso voluntarily retired from the NNSL.
Between July 1992 and 2001 he was the Managing Director of East West Coast
Marine Services Limited – a maritime firm engaged in shipping, agency,
consultancy and international ship chandling.
He consulted for several organisations including the
Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN), Oron; Nigerian Administration and Safety
Agency (NIMASA); Nigeria Ports Authority and the defunct Joint Maritime Labour
Industrial Council (JOMALIC).
He was a Training Consultant to Lagos Channel
Management and Landfall Towage Nigeria Limited and Chairman Technical Committee
of the Nigerian Association of Master Mariners (NAMM).

His death was confirmed by President of NAMM, Capt.
Ade Olopoenina, who spoke to Ships & Ports.

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