From Blessing Ibunge, Port Harcourt
The Chief Executive Officer of Charkin Maritime Academy and Offshore Safety Centre, Dr Charles Wami has urged Federal Government to strengthen the building of human capacity to enhance the economy of the country.
Wami made the call at the weekend, during the conduction of the pre accreditation inspection of the Maritime Academy by the Council Regulation of Freight Forward Nigeria(CRFFN) in Port Harcourt.
He stated that the academy is ready to collaborate with CRFFN to ensure that every practicing freight forwarder has a required certification to operate in the country.
The CEO said that in country human capacity building would help to reduce unemployment in the country and also save money.
Wami called on government to organize seminars and trainings for the youths who have the basic qualifications of at least five credits in science subjects including English to study the marine professional course.
“We encourage government and oil companies to look in ward in building human capacity in the country because courses like Marine Engineering, Northcoscience, Electrical Engineering are programmes that could be done very well in the country.
“In country human capacity building is the ultimate to save money especially this time of COVID19 pandemic, there is no point sending people outside the country to spend money on flight tickets, accommodation, among others for professional course,” he said.
He stated that the academy which commences on May 30, with it’s first batch of the cadets would continue to focus on human capacity building incountry to reduce unemployment in the Niger Delta region and Nigeria.
Wami noted that the entire facility of the academy offshore safety centre which was certified by NIMASA had being building human capacity for the past twenty years in the country.
Earlier, Mr Samuel Nwakohu, the Registrar Chief Executive Officer of the CRFFN said that the mandate of the agency is to supervise, train and set standards for the agency as directed by Federal Government.
Nwakohu stated that the agency was at the academy to inspect the standard of the entire facilities in terms of infrastructure and human resources where freight forwarders could be trained.
He stated that CRFFN as an agency of government would continue to sustain the programme of supervising and training of freight forwarders as long as the resources are available.
In his remark, Dr Egben Okore the Provost of Charkin Maritime Academy lauded the CRFFN on its effort in sensitising and training freight forwarders in the country.
Okore, urged the agency to continue to sustain the programme to reduce the rate of unemployment in the country.