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Nigeria Seafarers Suffer Discrimination In Singapore Over CoC, Says Coker

Posted: Apr 6, 2016 at 2:18 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Andrew Utulu, Lagos

 A Nigerian Master Marina operating in Singapore has cried out over discrimination of Nigerians with Certificate of Competence (CoC) in Singapore, calling on the Federal Government to intervene before it escalates to other countries.

Captain Adefuwape Coker, who raised the alarm said holders of Nigerian Certificate of Competence (CoC) operating in Singapore and neighbouring countries are presently struggling for job placement as their certificate is not listed for recognition.

According to him, the Maritime and Ports Administration (MPA) of Singapore has ceased to recognise the Certificate of Competence issued by Nigeria to young seafarers causing job losses and discrimination.

Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) issues the CoC in the country while Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN), Oron conducts the examinations leading to the award of the certificates.

Captain Coker, a master mariner operating in Singapore, told Independent  in a telephone interview that there is an urgent need for the Nigerian government to push for the recognition of her certificates.

According to Coker, if the discrimination by Singapore, a known maritime country persists, other countries may want to act in the same way.

He expressed worry that the United Arab Emirate Free Trade Agreement, which affects maritime matters, too lists out countries whose certificates are recognised.

”Our Transport Minister should do something about this. Nigerian trained seafarers are good on the job and are excelling in different parts of the world. If we allow this politics of non recognition to linger for long, it may likely spread.

”Most of the seafarers from other countries being considered are not in any way better than our nationals on the job. I am a Captain that has worked with sailors from various background and I think it is right for our government to put in a voice in this discriminatory acts against our young sailors,” he said.

Coker added that the former administration of NIMASA was working on addressing the issue before they were replaced with new appointees.