Merchant Navy Raises Alarm Over Proliferation Of Fake Maritime Institutions - NIGERIAN TRIBUNE
The Merchant Navy Officers and Water Transporters Senior Staff Association (MNOWTSSA) has raised the alarm over what it called increase in ‘training jungles’ that are scattered all around the country, allegedly operating under the guise of being a maritime training institutions.
It consequently charged the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Nigerian Navy to take drastic action and close down such illegal outfits.
Speaking with newsmen recently in Lagos, MNOWTSSA Vice President, Engr. Reginald Oyemnobi raised concerns that such illegal training institutions cannot be described as an academy or a maritime institution, because they are equipping young men with military drills, all in the name of ‘impersonating’ the Nigerian Navy.
Oyemnobi also charged NIMASA to work with the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) in order to identify and shut down mushroom maritime academies that are not registered with either NIMASA or the NBTE.
He raised concerns that some clandestine outfits have sprung up in Lagos, Badagry, Sagamu, Osun State, and Port Harcourt, among others where the jungle training is being carried out.
Even though he acknowledged that Nigeria needs more of maritime institutions, he called for a well regulated and monitoring system by NIMASA and NBTE in order not to allow mushroom academies hijack training of cadets.