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Mariner calls for training of young maritime professionals

Capt. Saib Olopoenia, the
President, Nigerian Association of Master Mariners (NAMM) on Monday urged
operators in the maritime industry to train young professionals for continuity.

Olopoenia made the plea in an
interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
He said that continuity should
not be limited to seafarers only but should involve every aspect of the
maritime industry.
“The issue of training of
mariners is just one aspect of so many other things that are happening in the
“All stakeholders should be
concerned with how to get more maritime professionals and not only master
“Even maritime journalists
should be trained to know what is happening in the maritime sector,’’ the
mariner said.
According to the NAMM
president, the association has continued to advise the government on what could
be done to train up and coming seafarers who can replace the aging ones.
He said the association was
always ready to discuss with all stakeholders on how best to sustain the need
for training of young persons for succession of mariners.
“We are trying our best; we
will continue to talk to government and hope that they listen to our views.
“We are also ready to discuss
with stakeholders at any forum to proffer solutions to our problems in the
maritime industry,’’ Olopoenia said.
The mariner said the
association tried to educate stakeholders in the industry about their roles in
the industry on land and on the sea.

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