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Nigerian Navy & Nigerian Merchant Navy by breaka: 6:15pm On May 16, 2009
My fellow NL's

I really wonder the problem btw Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Merchant Navy.

They never co-r-operate with each other.

Tell us why? if you have the answer.
Re: Nigerian Navy & Nigerian Merchant Navy by westcole: 12:14am On Jun 25, 2009
embarassedNigeria Frontial NAvy. think Merchant Navy or Marine Navy will "CHECKMATE THEM ON THE CRIEM THEY COMMIT" that is why they will fight them till christ come.REFORMATION OF NIGERIAN MERCHANT NAVY SEAFARER AND EMERGING NATIONAL SECURITY CHALLENGES IN THE 21ST CENTURY (THE SOLUTION TO NIGER DELTA CRISIS AND NIGERIA AT LARGE)
The Nigerian Merchant Navy Seafarers (Maritime, petroleum security and safety corps) has been takings as responsibility to secure maritime, petroleum organization and contribute to the maintenance of external and external aggression. It further implies that the Nigerian Merchant Navy Corps (NMN) would assist the government to uphold its authority and protect national economic resources
Brief History Of Nigerian Merchant Navy (NMN )And Nigeria Navy (NN)
In Nigeria, the navy was created in 1958 from the defunct Nigerian Marine Department originally formed in 1914 after the merger of the northern and southern Nigerian marine detachment (merchant navy).the northern and southern marine detachment originated from the British mercantile marine- the armed merchant ships of British shipping and trading companies of the nineteenth century, which in collaboration with royal navy, help to colonize Nigeria. In 1922 king George v changed the name of the British Merchant service to Merchant Navy in recognition of its role in World War 1.
Nigeria Navy was formed because of the attack the merchant navy face on the high sea and due bad experience facing Nigeria Merchant Navy at the sea called SEA LOBBER because Merchant Navy are not armed, equipped and trained as Nigeria Navy to face the attack. The British Government now carved out Nigeria navy from Nigerian Merchant navy to be trained as a sea soldier in 1956 eleven small boat and harbour craft and about 200 officers and men were transferred from the then defunct (Nigerian Merchant Navy) to become independent naval defence force.
In 1958 the British parliament formally reconstituted the colony Small Naval Defence force as the royal Nigeria Navy.
The term royal was dropped when Nigeria became a Republic and negligence of Nigerian Merchant Navy ,Nigeria navy took over all their duty which made them useless and jobless . Now they are clamoring for independent to be set free by national assembly in which it will provide thousand of jobs for unemployed youth in Nigeria .
It is hard to believe that that Nigerian merchant navy gave birth to Nigeria navy it is only know by few people in Nigeria even history and records will tells and if Ghana ,United State of America, Canada, South Africa, Australia, Venezuela (caracas), Chile, Denmark, Mexico, united kingdom e.t.c Nigeria should not be left out . .
WHO IS A MERCHANT NAVY ?
A country commercial ships and people who work on them, who were trained to serve on land or sea. A nations merchant fleet comprise the ship that is used to transport cargo during times of peace and war.
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Ship transport is used for a variety of unpackaged raw materials ranging from chemical, petroleum product and bulk cargo such as coal ,iron-ore, cereal, bauxite and others.
It is therefore unfortunate, that because of greed for accumulating of wealth from the merchant Navy Auxilliary, Nigerian Merchant Navy left partly of their duties on-done after the establishment of the Nigeria Navy (NN) in 1956 and flee to sea, which is their LIFE and HERITAGE, leaving the marine policing duties undone, which created a lot of sea security lapses for instance, if there was separation of power checks and balances between the Nigerian Merchant NAVY(NMN) and Armies of the naval profession each formation would seat up with is assigned duties properly.
AIMS, GOAL AND OBJECTIVES OF NIGERIAN MERCHANT NAVY CORPS. However, the above security challenges can be overcome if some of these preventive strategies are put in place. These preventive measures includes surveillance, patrol or presence of security personnel in oil and economic installation, patrol vessel especially for deep offshore and onshore patrols of swampy mangroves, creek and sea difficult terrain in Niger Delta region have been unable to penetrate.
The Nigerian Merchant Navy and Security Corps shall perform these following functions:
The duty of the Nigerian Merchant Navy Seafarers Maritime & Petroleum Security Corps is to protect and ensure the safety of coastline, the territorial waters, internal seaports of the country, to use the powers and authority of the Merchant Navy at seas where they have the sovereignty pursuant to the rules of national and international sovereignty; to peruse and prevent smuggling through the sea way.
To ensure the security at sea during fires exercise by the land, marine and air forces.
To perform search and salvation duties at sea in accordance with rules of international search and salvation convention.
To monitor and check the working of the Navigation aids of the sea barrier placed by the authorities of the wreck sign.
To pursuit and prevention of acts against the laws on prevention of smuggling , forbidden military zones and security zones, protection of cultural and national possession cabotage, life and property safety at sea with arresting and suing the offenders initiating the legal proceeding; delivering the arrested persons and the means of offences to the court of law.
(A)Assist in the restoration of peace in the Niger Delta regions.
(B)Clearing of the channel way for waterways for local pilot operations.
(C)Making peace and conflict resolution with millitant youths in the Niger Delta Regions and Nigeria at large.
(E)Provision of security at major oil terminals e.g NNPC,SPDC E.T.C.
(F)To monitor and stop the pollution of Nigeria territorrials waters during ship building in docks and ship ways and during the construction of marines facilities.
(G)To protect the territorial water from contaminated poisonous, chemicals or element that are liable to constitute risk to both human and animals lives.
(H) Combat crimes and disasters in the seaports, onboard ship, terminals, jetties, coast and creek, waterways in the Nigeria territorial water.
(I)To perform search and salvation duties at sea in accordance with rules of international search and salvation convention.
(J)To monitor and check the working Navigation aids, of the sea barrier placed by the authorities of the wreck sign. Etc and to inform any malfunction or missing to the competent department of Merchant Navy.
(K) The pursuit and prevention of acts against the laws on prevention of smuggling, forbidden military zones and security zones, territorial waters, ancient remains, protection of cultural and national possessions cabotage,life and property safety at sea, custom, radio communication Nigeria flag, encouragement of travel industry, public hygiene and environment, with arresting and suing the offenders, initiating the legal proceeding
: delivering the arrested persons the means of offences to the court of law.
(L)The Nigerian Merchant Navy Corps will also assist the general security forces in pursuit and prevention of terrorist or similar activities which begin on land and continue at sea to detect and report any violation committed in the territorial waters or airspace of the country.
(M)The Nigerian Merchant Navy Corps also ensures the security at sea during fires exercise by the land, marine and air force.
ANALYSIS OF SEA SECURITY LAPSES IN NIGERIA
(1)Oil pollution has affected Niger Delta waters which made the Youth jobless and useless them to the society because most them were fishermen or farmer which increased unemployed youth and turn them to hungry lions.
According to the former Minister of Labour DR HASSAN LAWAL. Said, there are 5,000 vessel operating in Nigeria seas . We have a duty to ensure that our youths are employed as seafarers- Vanguard Newspaper OCT,25,2007 Pg 33.
(2)Anti-illegal importation of sophisticated weapon (Ammunition) through sea, this is as a result of sea security lapses in our country.
(3)Stowaway (illegal Migrant by sea) In Niger Delta the (Joint Task Force) made known to Nigerian that there are machineries migrating into the country to take the Niger Delta militants of about 300 fighters around OLUGBOBIRI Area in Southern Ijaw Local Govt of Balyesa in weapon handling, definitely this machineries migrate through sea, and these are people of criminal intention.
(4)Anti-illegal Bunkering: illegal bunkering includes vandalization oil pipelines with criminal intent for either mischief or for monetary gains. It also includes diversion of crude and refined oil product to unknown destination.
(5)Anti-Smuggling Operations: In her anti-smuggling operation the organization will assist in the enforcement of customs laws.
(6)Anti-Piracy Operations: This is to confront and combat the activities of armed robbers or bandits along water ways.
(7)Anti-illegal fishery: The organization will be assisting in the enforcement of customs laws in anti-fishery operations.
(coolCivil responsibilities: Participation in internal security operation to aid civil authorities and to participate in restoration of peace and resolution of conflict between oil companies and host communities.
BENEFITS OF NIGERIAN MERCHANT NAVY CORPS (MARITIME & PETROLEUM SECURITY AND SAFETY CORPS) TO THE ECONOMY.
If the BILL is enacted into Law, the economy stands to benefit thus:
(1)It will drastically reduces unemployment rates, poverty, political violence, social instability, environmental degradation and pollution, cyber fraud(yahoo-yahoo), bunkers, kidnapping,yahoo-yahoo, abduction of Nigeria citizen and foreigners, prostitution ,poor outcomes of
development weak institutional arrangement (UNEMPLOYMENT:AN IMPEDIMENT TO NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT).
(2)It brings stability to the economy and conducive environment for foreign investor in MARITIME and OIL SECTORS.
(3)It reduces money spent on repair of pipeline vandalization and extra billion spent annually in the upstream and downstream.
Note: ANY DISCRUPTION TO CRUDE OIL AND LNG EXPORT BUSSINESS IN THE ISLAND COULD COST NIGERIA ABOUT 1 BILLION DOLLARS MONTHLY ; BY ALEX OKUMO (The business Nigeria investigative journal 2-8 June 2008 pg 19.
(4)Providing 24 hours security measures at Niger Delta Nigeria at large.
(5)Finally if enacted the NIGERIAN MERCHANT NAVY CORPS into law, it would boost the image of the country and enhance Nigeria chances for a seat in the UNITED NATION SECURITY COUNCIL.
In other to compliment the effort of the HIS EXCELLENCY PRESIDENT AIHAJI UMARU MUSA YARADUA and the newly created NIGER DELTA MINISTRY AND NIGERIAN at large, it is therefore necessary for the total REFORMATION of NIGERIAN MERCHANT NAVY CORPS to meet up with President seven point Agenda and to ensure in consolidating and enhance lasting solution to the dreadful crisis in the NIGER DELTA REGIONS.
TRAINING OF NIGERIA MARCHANT NAVY FOR WAR
According to RUDYARD KIPLING: Maritime nations the world recognized the vital role, the merchant marine plays in the
Maritime strategy in peace and in war. Merchant ship are regards as the “FOURTH ARMS” of defenses ( after ARMY,NAVY AND AIR-FORCE), force multiplier or the centre -piece of logistic train for any war at sea. A merchant ship stands as good chance as a warship of being hit by a missile, a mine or torpedo. Proper naval training becomes essential for merchant men to imbibe them courage, spirit of heroism, deep sense of patriotism and national honor.
Different nation follow different patterns in the training of Navies. This training philosophy is a sound one in view of what has been said about the roles of merchant ships in war. It is the ways to groom and would seat up with is assigned duties properly pattern in the training of men of their merchant navies. Military training for merchant naval men removes any clumsiness or lack of proper orientation they might suffer in the course of their participation in war at sea. Merchant Navy of yesterday are coward, not trained, unskilled which makes sea piracy hold them to ransomed and Kidnapping of oil workers, it is high time for the presidency and national assembly to empower NIGERIAN MERCHANT NAVY SEAFARERS (MARITIME, PETROLEUM SECURITY AND SAFETY CORPS) for the sustainable of maritime, petroleum environment in NIGERIA.
Many things still needed to put in place in Maritime Sectors as the nation’s economic life and coming together of Maritime stake holder to support the laudable project but Nigerian Merchant Navy Corps (Maritime& petroleum security and safety corps) to put the mistakes in order with the help and support of
(INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANISATION ) I.M.O , INTERNATIONAL SHIPS AND PORTS FACILITIES SECURITY (ISPS) and INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORT WORKERS FEDERATION (I.T.W.F)
NIGERIAN MERCHANT NAVY SEAFARER(MARINE NAVY) COAST GUARD AND NIGERIA MARITIME ADMINISTRATIVE SAFETY AGENCY( NIMASA) Have a duty to perform in ensuring development and the growth of sectors in Nigeria , as maritime industry is the main of economy. Let joins hand to together by promoting maritime sectors and meeting up with challenges ahead by achieving vision 2020.Let us embrace peace and unity to move this Nation forward , We can re-brand this Nation without inviting foreign expert we are expert by ourselves as a MARINE NAVY (COAST GUARD).
According to Senate House Leader, Senator Teslim Kola Folarin As a Guest Columnist in THISDAY Newspaper in Resolving the Niger Delta Crisis : Federal government will need to review some of our laws to enhance communal autonomy and make the communities stakeholders in the exploitation of the resources in their localities . This is a law that will unleash the energies of communities to protect and work for the successful exploitation of resources in their domains. The survival of Niger Delta is a sine qua non to the survival of Nigeria as a Nation. THISDAY PAPER JULY 4, 2008 PG 64.
Your Excellency sir, The Nigerian Merchant Navy Seafarers are fully prepared to create jobs Opportunities for over Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand (250,000) for Nigerian citizen, youth nationwide in the maritime and Petroleum industries . Also fully prepared to protect and safeguard the nation resources from the hand of saboteurs.
We are soliciting for great assistant from the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in accordance to put in place in Nigeria more laws to solidify the Establishment of the NIGERIAN MERCHANT NAVY BILL as an organize authority under the Federal government. Thus it becomes an operational body of itself under humble leadership of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
In conclusive, the Nigerian Merchant Navy Corps craves the indulgences and would appreciate people willingness to support and speak on our behalf in view of her BILL currently on the table of the SENATE and also help us to advice the NATIONAL ASSEMBLY (NASS) to kindly reason with us to our request.
THANKS.
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Re: Nigerian Navy & Nigerian Merchant Navy by breaka: 12:28pm On Jun 26, 2009
@ westcole,

Thanks for the information.

Looks like you're in the Merchant Navy.

I got a news that the MNN is about to use arms and they are now building thier barrack.?

Please give information if the FGN has approved all this.
Re: Nigerian Navy & Nigerian Merchant Navy by westcole: 7:23pm On Jun 26, 2009
Dear B, NMN has not been using arms offshore but on board vessel only the Captain is allow to carry arms, and as for the NMN Base there's alot on that. there some people that are really working toward that here in Lagos State currently there is a battle between the Nigeria Navy Beecroft apapa And the National Coordinator of all the Cadet from Maritime Academy actually he's the one coordinate all the mariner both Master's Mariners, Captains,Midship,and all the Ratings from all maritime industry both NPA,NIMASA,Palace Road people the seafarers on board vessel.On Thursday 18 at about 14:00hr he Issac Adamolekun was pick up by some men of the Nigeria Navy with NIMASA boat at outside bar on MT JAMES vessel (ARRESTED) currently is with them at there Base. He is figthing for all the Mariners and our Nation as a whole.
Re: Nigerian Navy & Nigerian Merchant Navy by jeron1(m): 10:47am On Sep 12, 2009
@westcole
thanks for the info. i am a Cadet of the Nigerian M.Navy Academy studying Marine Engr. pls i will like to get your contact to be able to get some info from you cos we have not been briefed of any happenings in our base.
this my email add- jerry_adoo1@yahoo.co.uk fone no

i will be very gratefull to hear from you.

thanks
Re: Nigerian Navy & Nigerian Merchant Navy by jeron1(m): 10:48am On Sep 12, 2009
@westcole
thanks for the info. i am a Cadet of the Nigerian M.Navy Academy studying Marine Engr. pls i will like to get your contact to be able to get some info from you cos we have not been briefed of any happenings in our base.
this my email add- jerry_ado1@yahoo.co.uk fone no:

Cantact mi via ma email add
i will be very gratefull to hear from you.

thanks
Re: Nigerian Navy & Nigerian Merchant Navy by westcole: 7:45pm On Sep 17, 2009
You welcome fellow uniform man, what ever info you need you can always get it through this channel trust me on that. or you can reach this line to get all the info you need aspa 08038749429 he will tell you all you need to know.
Re: Nigerian Navy & Nigerian Merchant Navy by jeron1(m): 3:52pm On Sep 28, 2009
thanks for the reply.
pls, i want to know if thats your number and i heard that the federal Govt has signed the Ratings Section. pls, Hos true is that??
Re: Nigerian Navy & Nigerian Merchant Navy by jeron1(m): 8:59am On Nov 12, 2009
newbies, please,if u want to get any form seek for advice first cos some kind of calls I've been receiving is some how. u can contact mi for advice.
Re: Nigerian Navy & Nigerian Merchant Navy by jeron1(m): 10:55am On Dec 07, 2009
i still wonder why people get the merchant navy without seeking for advice.why would u get a form and they didnt state want u are studying there even as a rating. Nigerians, Be wise
Re: Nigerian Navy & Nigerian Merchant Navy by citizenY(m): 5:29pm On Dec 07, 2009
@Mr jeron1,breaka and co

I do not have any objection to your demands as individuals or corporate citizens of the merchant navy
I have gone through your presentation and wonder how you intend to pursue your brief which spans
already existing functions of NIMASA, Nigerian Navy , Nigerian police force and many other organisations
ranging from Immigrations, customs, quarantine, JFT and NEMA. This you have to tell us.

Forgive my ignorance but I am not aware of any previous establishment apart from the Merchant navy association which
is now having closer relationship with NIMASA. Hitherto ,it was independent and known as the shipping Federation. Fortunately,or
unfortunately, you have all been caught into that vortex of NIMASA , by fiat to ensure the survival of NMA which has up to date not justified its
existence. Alol we have are negative vibes from unrecoverable shipbuilding loans to inflated contracts. Methinks the staff are servicing themselves
and the bureaucracy in its parent Ministry and the PDP and a host of others. On the basis of enlightened self interest, I do not see how you can function
alongside the established security forces and NIMASA and achieve your mandate as you have taken more than you can even chew , not to talk of swallowing.

More importantly, you are treading on dangerous grounds when you want to assign security/oversight functions to yourselves when we know all over the world that
Merchant navy for purposes of identification means captains, engineers,elecrical/radi officers, cooks,stewards aand ratings of commercial vessels involved
in the movement of cargo in vessels from one port to the other. I will be surprised if you are now looking for a sedentary job to carry weapons when you are not trained for
military/police duties.

I have read , recently, of clashes between your members and the navy. This is to be expected for reasons I have already mentioned and I can only add that you must
review your mission statement and avoid areas that are not already jurisdictions of established military/paramilitary organisations.

You may wish to throw more light on the issues raised .We need to understand exactly where you are heading to.
Re: Nigerian Navy & Nigerian Merchant Navy by jeron1(m): 8:37pm On Feb 14, 2010
Like 20 years Ago, people where begged to go to NDA but they refused but now the demand for the forms are more than the available space. Merchant Navy in Nigeria is undergoing reformation and we shouldnt expect it in one day cos we left our job undone for years for the Nigerian navy and it wont be easy getting it back. but with God on our side and the Government knowing what they should do all will be well in a short time. but we should know that its the Fake Merchant Navy that are having problems with the Navy cos i and my guys have met the Nigerian Navy many times and we were just asked some questions
Re: Nigerian Navy & Nigerian Merchant Navy by xterra2(m): 11:18pm On Feb 14, 2010
This Merchant Navy should be Abolished,when Our Navy are buying more and more ships and helos, In every country they have a navy that will protect their waters, if another navy is needed it should be coast guard only,
Yaradua sent a bill to the N/A for establishment of (i have forgotten)that will saty in Niger Delta,which will make Navy presence ILLEGAL,in niger delta,so is NIMASA,and other agencies,
LEAVE NAVY ALONE,ban merchant navy
Re: Nigerian Navy & Nigerian Merchant Navy by Pifa: 2:15am On Feb 15, 2010
For whatever it's worth, you guys may be interested in this piece of news.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201002120063.html
Re: Nigerian Navy & Nigerian Merchant Navy by jeron1(m): 4:08pm On Feb 15, 2010
xterra2:

This Merchant Navy should be Abolished,when Our Navy are buying more and more ships and helos, In every country they have a navy that will protect their waters, if another navy is needed it should be coast guard only,
Yaradua sent a bill to the N/A for establishment of (i have forgotten)that will saty in Niger Delta,which will make Navy presence ILLEGAL,in niger delta,so is NIMASA,and other agencies,
LEAVE NAVY ALONE,ban merchant navy

the problem with Nigerians is that they dont confirm what they know before tha talk and this is and example of such. please check ur dictionary about the defination of M.Navy but i will help u a lili bit, M.navy are called the Sail Navy. in other countries like Ghana/USA, they arev the 4th are of the defence and involved in coast guard like Civil Defence. Go and check how they are respected outside this country like South Africa, Ghana and Cameroon just to mention a few. i want to believe u av someone in the navy and thats why u are fighting for them and we are one.
Re: Nigerian Navy & Nigerian Merchant Navy by hamrydude: 3:04pm On May 06, 2010
You Leave all those hypocrit, Its just matter of time, the M.Navy will see have their base and they will seee
Re: Nigerian Navy & Nigerian Merchant Navy by seanevadry: 2:02am On Sep 02, 2010
Let's unite, Nigeria unite, Ahoy unite. We are one, why we treat ourselves this way ??
Re: Nigerian Navy & Nigerian Merchant Navy by husnizaid: 8:25pm On Jan 17, 2011
Am a cadet studyin nautical sceince, we all have diif opinions and i respect all yours. BUT the greatest FACT remains single the unity, tolerance and love for each other  @seanevadry i agree got ur back 100%
Re: Nigerian Navy & Nigerian Merchant Navy by chrizfasa(m): 11:15pm On Mar 19, 2012
Thanks for all your advance.
Please i want to go for a 6 month programm as a ratting under the marine academy. Please i my taking the right step. please urgent replu. Thank my officers.
Re: Nigerian Navy & Nigerian Merchant Navy by seanevadry: 12:50am On Mar 27, 2012
How many years does seaman discharge book will last for?........... I mean the validality period?
Re: Nigerian Navy & Nigerian Merchant Navy by daynet: 12:47pm On May 25, 2012
There seems to be a battle for supremacy between the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Merchant Navy with the former accusing the latter of impersonating the naval personnel by wearing its uniform.

The cold war which has lingered for some years reached its peak last week, when the Nigerian Navy clamped down on the commandant of the Nigerian Merchant Navy, Commodore Aderemi Olatinwo, allegedly on the order of the Chief of Naval Staff.

In a statement made available to the media by Commodore Olatinwo, he cited several efforts earlier made by the Nigerian Merchant Navy to reach out to the Nigerian Navy on the need to understand the complementary role of the organisation, which he said the Nigerian Navy did not honour.

According to Olatinwo, the Nigerian Merchant Navy has been in existence since 1914 while the Nigerian Navy was in 1956 seconded from the Nigerian Merchant Navy to form what is today known as the Nigerian Navy. The Nigerian Navy, he said inherited some of the uniforms, structures and equipment of the Nigeria Merchant Navy.”

Olatinwo who said, ideally, there should be a symbiotic relationship between the two as it is the case in other countries, lamented that, “there had been a frosty relationship between the Merchant Navy and the Gunnery Navy which should not be ordinarily, if there is an understanding of each other’s comple mentary roles.”
Re: Nigerian Navy & Nigerian Merchant Navy by Joeadamxx(m): 11:06pm On Nov 14, 2013
Fellow Nairalanders, let me introduce myself. I was a a student of Nautical College of Nigeria, now know as the Maritime Academy of Nigeria Oron. Akwa Ibom state and graduated from there in 1988. I am a Master Mariner and with more than 20 years of experience in the Merchant Navy, I believe I am qualified to write my piece on this subject.

Truly the British Navy in the days of yore are allowed to carry arms (cannons, guns and swords) primarily to wade of pirates (I believe we've all seen Pirates of the Carribean, Jack Sparrow et al). It is also true that when the Nigerian Navy was conceived in 1956, the natural pool of people from which to draw from was from the Merchant Navy or Merchant Marines as the American call it. However, there is nothing either in the UK Mercantile Marine Act or the Nigerian Shipping Act as at today that mandates the Merchant Navy either to bear arms or as the thread initiator wrote, defend the oil pipelines.

The job of the Merchant Navy as someone rightly said, is to move commercial cargoes from one port to another and be available for constription in the the Naval Reserve Forces in the time of WAR.

What I can understand is that most of these youngsters finished there studies at the maritime academies only to find it difficult to progress with their careers at sea due to the high costs of sea service and certification and since the academy is a paramilitary school where some aspects of Nigerian Naval disciplines are impacted including similar uniforms, they come out of the academy morphing the Nigerian Navy and consider the possibility of employment by the Federal Government for them to be allowed to carry out some functions which in my opinion they are neither trained for nor capable of carrying out anyhow.

I think the best way out is for NIMASA to institute a loan scheme for these youngsters to progress their education and career at sea alternatively, NIMASA can reach an arrangement with foreign shipowners with liner trades to Nigeria to allow these youth carry out their sea service and consequently avail them of loans to go for their certification.

Also, NIMASA and the Federal Government of Nigeria through the NCDMB should as a matter of urgency prevail on all Oil and Gas companies to have a plan to stop the employment of foreigners as mariners onboard all Nigerian Cabotage vessels within the next years.

Thank you.

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