Abuja - Nigeria Ship owners Association, NISA, has accused the Federal Government of encouraging piracy through the neglect of the nation’s seafarers’ cadets who are left helpless after their training.
Chairman of NISA, Capt. Niyi Labinjo said that in the last 10 years graduates of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, MAN, Oron, Akwa Ibom State and other institutions in the country, had been left to roam the streets without the opportunity to complete the practical aspect of their training.
Labinjo noted that the practical training onboard ships was a prerequisite for completion of their training.
He said that out of frustration, the young cadets were lured to team up with dubious characters who take advantage of their seafaring skills to join piracy and sea robbery.
- News 24