By Godfrey Bivbere
As part of measure to increases the number of pilots in its employment, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has engaged the services of the 16 successful candidates that scaled its pilotâ€™s examination for new pilots.
Assistant Harbour Master of the Lagos Pilotage District, Captain Jerome Angyunwe, who Presented certificates of training to the newly-employed pilots recently charged them to be of good conduct, noting that their certificates in the first instance were valid for five years and subject to renewal thereafter.
According to Angyunwe, â€œyou have got your pilot license now that lasts you for the next five years subject to good conduct. If it is not seized from you, then it is renewable. But if it seized, then you will have to face the pilotage brothers with your points of defence, to qualify you either to continue as a pilot or not. But we donâ€™t wish you that, we wish you well. Use that license and that is what you will use to develop yourself. Even if you want to go up to master mariners, the experience here matters a lot. Even if you want to become anything in this field, your experience as a pilot, really, really does matters. So, I will implore you to go out there and do your best and actually be good ambassadors to not only the organization but the country.”
He stated that the pilots will be given further training while on the job to enhance their skills.
The former Assistant Harbour Master pointed out that the 16 successful ones out of the 26 candidates applied for the examination.
He said, â€œWe are here to give them their pilots licenses, so that they can begin to function as pilots. And, as it is, these are the first set of pilots that we are training making use of this background. They are all from Federal School of Fisheries, and Nautical Collage, that is the maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron. They all have ND in Nautical Science. Some of them have sea term and, they can proceed from here immediately. But some of them do not have enough sea term, so we are looking at how to address that issue on how they can proceed. But then, from now, at this stage, they are all pilots.â€