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Use Maritime Academy To Build Capacity, ANLCA Tells Amaechi

Posted: Apr 6, 2016 at 2:20 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) has urged the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, to ensure that the Maritime Academy in Oron, Akwa Ibom State, promotes capacity building.

It urged the government to train the academy’s students on protecting the country’s waterways from pollution, illegal fishing and dumping of hazardous waste, which it noted, were on the rise.

The associations President, Prince Olayiwola Shittu, said maritime was a global and lucrative business, stressing that the Federal Government must empower youths and enrich the country through the academy.

Shittu said it was not enough for the minister to focus on maritime agencies, but to ensure that the institute employs qualified workers and admits qualified students.

The management of the academy, Shittu said, must ensure that it is alive to its statutory responsibilities, adding that the institution must provide the human capacity required for the sector in addition to serving as a research and knowledge centre for academics and the youths, who are interested in the acquisition of maritime training and knowledge.

The establishment of the academy, he noted, was in furtherance of the government’s passion for building local capacity in the sector and the export of such manpower.

The dumping of toxic waste in the maritime domain and the increasing crimes on the coastline, he noted, require commitment on the side of the Federal Government and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA). This, he said, will enhance cooperation with foreign partners to build maritime capability.

The ANLCA chief said Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand had set the stage for cooperation between states, both in information exchange and mobilisation of resources.

Since piracy is not the only threat to maritime security, Shittu advised the government to adopt best practices that can be implemented.