|President, Nigerian Association of Master Mariners(NAMM), Capt. Tajudeen Alao(right) presenting Capt. Ibikunle Olayiwola with his certificate of membership, at the NAMM Secretariat .
(NAMM) has demanded that President Muhammadu Buhari appoints an adviser on maritime
issues, in order to better appreciate the industry and attend to its demands
made the call on Thursday on the occasion of its certificate of recognition
presentation to some members, while reviewing the association’s efforts at sanitising
the maritime sub-sector, to ensure professionalism.
be a maritime expert would best advise the President on industry matters from
time to time.
the backbone of the nation’s economy, it is important that the President gets
an adviser. We all know the importance of an adviser. And for a professional
who understands the industry deeply, the adviser can look at the President in
the eyes and tell him the truth.
some would come here and say they can’t see it, but an adviser would see it as
it is. Even if the roads are fixed, what about the tank farms? For that, heavy
traffic will continue to come into the port city,” Capt. Alao said.
his certificate of membership, the NAMM’s president expressed the association’s
resolve to collaborate with industry regulatory agencies and other stakeholders
for the advancement of the sub-sector.
the purpose of professionalism, no master mariner should be recognised to
practice without a recognition through the membership certificate from the mariners
“Clearance House” with the NAMM.
want to see more deliberate actions on the part of the government in that
regard to ensure lasting solutions; where they can be moving goods by badges
out of Apapa, also using pipelines to move liquid cargo, so that the traffic
into Apapa will be reduced.”
certificate of membership and identity card meant a recognised step in
professionalism, which he was grateful for.
generation, Olayiwola frowned at the quality of training for younger cadets in
training should engage ex-seafarers who are theoretically vast and with
practical experience that they could share, and added that the country should
train only the number of cadets that can be accommodated on-board vessels for practical
the ships available in your country or within West Africa. You cannot train
thousands of cadets without available ships to put them, and not also beyond
your maritime economy.”