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Stakeholders identify, suggest solutions to maritime students’ challenges

Stakeholders identify, suggest solutions to maritime students' challenges

 

Maritime stakeholders at the 2024 edition of Annual Maritime Students And Youth (AMSAY) Conference suggested ways out of the challenges bedevilling seafaring and non-seafaring maritime students in Nigeria.

Anchored under the theme, “Exploring Holistic Approach Towards Solving the Challenges of Nigerian Maritime Students/Cadets,” the object of the event was to identify, highlight and profer lasting solutions to the issues hindering career progress of maritime students and cadets as future leaders of the industry.

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Speaking while addressing the participants during his welcome address, the Convener of the Conference and CEO, Platforms Communications, Mr Sylvanus Obasi explained the reason behind the establishment of the AMSAY Conference.

“The AMSAY Conference was created as an advocacy platform and a succession plan program designed to bring to the front burner the issues affecting Nigerian maritime students, cadets and young maritime professionals as future leaders and successors of the industry with a view to proffering lasting solutions.

“But beyond this primary objective, AMSAY Conference has also become a platform of opportunities for many maritime students as captured in the students’ testimonials published in pages 9-11 of our brochure”, he said

Speaking further, the frontline maritime journalist revealed that the theme of this year’s Conference was apt and well timed as it aims to draw the attention of the federal government to the issues hindering career progress of seafaring and non-seafaring maritime students in Nigeria

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“And now to the business of the day, the theme of 2024 AMSAY Conference says it all. Aptly captured in the Lead and sole Paper Presentation topic of the day entitled, “Exploring Holistic Approach Towards Solving the Challenges of Nigerian Maritime Students/Cadets”, our objective today is to identify, highlight and proffer lasting solutions to the myraids of challenges facing seafaring and non-seafaring maritime students as future leaders of the sector.

“Good enough, we have a new government at the centre, a brand new ministry of Marine and Blue Economy and a brand new NIMASA DG. We can only hope that they listen and do the needful for the good of all”.

The occasion was also used to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Platforms Communications and it’s innovative brands and achievements in the maritime sector.

Notable maritime dignitaries such as Former DG NIMASA, Barr Temisan Omatseye, Secretary-General of African Shipowners Association; Barr Funmi Foluronsho; Secretary-General of Abuja MOU, Capt Sunday Umoren; Pioneer President of Nigerian Shipowners Association (NISA); Chief Isaac Jolapomo; Maritime Consultant, Capt Fola Ojutalayo; COO of Ocean Deep Services Ltd, Mrs Macfoy Rollens; Continental Vice President of African Women In Maritime; Chief Carolyn Akum Ufere were in Attendance.

Others includes: representative of Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers Council, Mr Pius Ukeyima Akutah; representative of Area Manager, Lagos Area Office of NIWA, Engr Sarat Braimoh; representative of President of Nigerian Shipowners Association (NISA); Otunba Sola Adewumi, representative of President of Association of Marine Engineers and Surveyors (AMES), Engr Isreal Obadan, representative of the Principal Partner, Maritime and Commercial Law Partners, Barr Osuala Emma Nwagbara, the General Manager and HR Manager of L.T.T Coastal and Marine Services Ltd, Seasoned mariner, Capt Ogunsakin Williams, amongst others.

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