Interview: “How Maritime Agencies neglect Master Mariners to industry detriment in Nigeria”
Mariners (NAMM), Capt. Tajudeen Alao, in this interview, said that such foreign practitioners were never subjected to any professional clearance to ascertain claims of their expertise. He also talks on other industry matters including having the requisite education and practical experience to train the nation’s cadets on sea time according to global standards.
training, we did correspondence courses while we were at sea and then back to school. We had international exposure. So, it baffles me now when people say Nigerians cannot advise them about training of cadets, and they go out to take foreign consultants, who are not even qualified. You have the inland waterways qualification, which is up to river master, you have near coastal, which is coastal trade and the foreign-going. Some of these people who parade themselves are not even as qualified as we are. These are the people that our government patronize, and they mislead them because they are there to make money.
why we are insisting on the Interim Management Committee Report on MAN, Oron. We had written to the Minister and told him the outcome of this must be to the latter, but no reply yet. Up till today, The DG NIMASA has also not given us audience three years after. Yet, all over the world, they recognise us. The honourable Company of Master Mariners recognise us. It is in London, in
Vancouver, in Hong Kong, South Africa, Australia. If you are not a master mariner you cannot enter there.