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Capital flight: SOAN supports NSDP with 100 training berths

Posted: Apr 27, 2015 at 2:28 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Andrew Airahuobhor Lagos

Ship Owners Association of Nigeria (SOAN) has donated 100 training berths to support Nigeria Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP) which has gulped N20 billion in four years for training of 2,500 youths abroad because of a lack of training vessels in the country.

President of SOAN, Engr. Greg Ogbeifun disclosed this at the weekend during the unveiling of the new group, whose mission is to improve the maritime and shipping industry to the benefit of SOAN members, stakeholders, the industry and the Country at large.

He noted that the over 30 year old Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN) in Oron, Akwa Ibom State is incapable of fulfilling its aspiration of producing competent manpower for the shipping sector due to myriad of factors, including poor funding and inadequate manpower.

He said this prompted the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to embark on seafarers training abroad resulting in huge capital flight for trainings that can be done in the country as Seatime is critical to the training of seafarers and for obtaining the Certificate of Competency for maritime training institutions.

Rector of MAN, Mr. Joshua Okpo, admitted that no fewer than 6, 000 cadets of the institution, who had completed their course works nearly 15 years ago, have yet to undertake the IMO recommended sea time training owing to paucity of funds.