Mkpoikana Udoma 02 March 2017, Sweetcrude, Port Harcourt – Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has called on multinational companies operating in the state to award scholarships to indigenes for training in the maritime sector.
The governor said this as he reiterated the state government’s readiness to partner with a maritime firm, Charkin Maritime and Offshore Safety Centre, to boost manpower development in the maritime sector.
Speaking during the commissioning of a land ship, MV Rivers Pride, and foundation laying of 200 cadets accommodation block at the Charkin Maritime and Offshore Safety Centre, in Rumuosi, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state, the governor promised to end multiple taxation in the state, in a bid to encourage investors in the state.
Wike therefore urged the Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, and other multinationals to patronise the maritime centre by awarding more scholarships to state indigenes for training as well as more jobs for the youths.
On his part, the President of Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Emi Membere-Otaji, who doubled as the chairman of the occasion, commended Charkin for making Rivers State a maritime tourism centre.
Dr. Otaji said that oil and gas activities were 90 percent maritime-related and that training in the maritime sector was paramount, stressing that with the centre in Nigeria, foreign exchange would be conserved.
Earlier, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mr. Charles Wami, explained that the centre has been upgraded to a National Diploma awarding institution (in Nautical Science and Marine Engineering) and that the new institution would be known as Charkin Maritime Academy to open for lectures on September 24, 2017.