Prince Chukwuma Obiorah Esq, the Managing Director of Uni-Trident Group while addressing journalists in Abuja recently stated that the maritime industry is capable of generating over $200 billion annually and can potentially emerge as the highest employer of labour if all relevant laws and statutes needed to make the industry competitive are implemented to the full. He further observed that the revenue from the maritime industry is quite critical to the economic and infrastructural development of the nation at a time when the country is witnessing dwindling revenue from other traditional sources of income.
To the pleasant surprise of many, Prince Obiorah unveiled his company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program for the Nigerian Maritime Industry with the planned donation of a 150 room (500 student capacity) ultra modern hostel facility to the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron (MANO), that would be ready for commissioning in 2020 together with the refurbishment, remodeling and modernization of existing class rooms that have long become decrepit and dilapidated.
Additionally, the company will also commence the award of scholarships to over 100 students comprising 50 male and 50 female students annually with their tuition and other related fees paid for under the company’s scholarship scheme.
Elaborating further, Prince Obiorah reiterated that human capacity development and constant training and retraining is paramount if Nigeria can ever hope to have its citizens playing leading roles and occupying key positions in the various segments of the maritime industry ranging from skilled indigenous workers in Nigerian merchant ships, in our ports and in maritime engineering and other related fields of specialisation.
Obiorah also commended the positive efforts of the rector of MANO, Commodore Duja Effedua (rtd) aimed at repositioning the academy for greater efficiency, credibility and a more responsive service delivery to the industry and Nigerians as a whole.
The Group MD emphasized the importance of the maritime Academy, Oron as the principal training institution for key personnel of the maritime industry while urging other stakeholders to also lend their support in order that the academy can achieve its mandate of being a center of excellence in maritime education.
and manpower training for the industry which in turn will go a long way towards the realization of the revenue potential of the industry as a net generator of up to 30% of the nations GDP and a major employer of teaming youths of the country.
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