02 February 2017, Lagos – Stakeholders in the maritime industry, including the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, master mariners, Association of Nigerian Clearing Agents and maritime lawyers, have declared that greater focus on the maritime sector can bring an end to the recession in the country.
They stated this during the 9th edition of the Annual Shipping Career Summit organised by Ships & Ports Communication Company in Lagos.
Addressing more than 200 students at the event, the Chief Executive Officer of Ships & Ports Communication Company, Mr. Bolaji Akinola, said the Annual Shipping Career Summit was created to enlighten young Nigerians on the various career and investment opportunities in the nation’s maritime sector.
He urged the participants to consider positioning themselves to take advantage of such opportunities, adding, “The maritime sector is where every attention should now be focused.
“Those who rule the seas rule the world. If we truly desire to end the recession and emerge among leading economies of the world, we must pay closer attention to our maritime sector.”
Akinola said with Nigeria’s vast coastline measuring about 850 kilometres and an exclusive economic zone of well over 300,000 square kilometres, 3,000 kilometres of navigable inland waterways, six major seaports, 11 oil terminals, and over 170 private jetties, rewarding careers awaited young Nigerians in various segments of the maritime industry.
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