The Executive Director, Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research, Prof. Capt. Abiodun Sule has tasked Nigerian students to key into the numerous advantages that exist in the maritime sector through the”Blue Economy”project.
The Executive Director, stated this at the 6th Annual Maritime Students and Youth (AMSAY) conference with the theme, “Job Creation For Nigerian Youths Through Maritime Sector”, organized by Platform Communications in Lagos over the weekend.
Sule who doubled as the Chairman of the occasion informed the students that there were lots of opportunities in the maritime industry adding that the Blue Economy which was about the sector, came with it, different job descriptions and opportunities.
He noted that “Energy is being harnessed from the Blue Economy, black gold is being harnessed from the Blue Economy, tourism goes on with the Blue Economy, shipping goes on in the Blue Economy and all these require manpower to man it.
“And so, I believe that if the youths are trained and encouraged to come into this industry, we can take away a great number of our youth out of the shelf of unemployment because if you see today in the maritime sector, most of the players in the maritime sector are not Nigerians.
“The other day we were discussing and there was certain job description and they were looking for Nigerians and the job is called ETO, I think they repair equipment onboard most of our vessels.
“Now you find out that we don’t have Nigerians in that sector and if you are working for that niche, you are paid between $30 to $600 a day” he said.