By Chinelo Enemuo
A group under the aegis of Nigerian Maritime Watch (NMW) has described the alleged death of 43 cadets in the Maritime Academy of Nigeria,Oron as untrue and a deliberate misinformation of the public.
The Executive Director of the group, Mr Ismail Aniemu refuted the information that 43 cadets of the academy died within one year due to the harsh conditions of living and challenged peddlers of such news to reveal the identities of the alleged dead cadets.
According to him: â€œFindings by N.M.W has confirmed that thereâ€™s nothing of such nature as we sent some of our officers to investigate and furnish us with particulars of the allegedly dead cadets.We challenge the NGO and individuals behind this falsehood to disclose the identities of those cadets that died or elect to hide their faces in shame.”
Mr Ismail expressed dismay at these reports calling them false alarm that would not benefit stakeholders, the maritime industry or Nigeria in general.
In his words, â€œThere are lots of sensitive issues that deserve stakeholders’ attention in the maritime industry and such unwarranted alarm embedded in falsehood is not in the best interest of Nigerians,” he stated.
The executive-director pleaded with organisations not to allow themselves to be used as platforms for disseminating such wrong information.
â€œWe plead with Journalists for Democratic Rights(JODER) and other organisations being used as platforms for wrong information to shun such entreaties by disgruntled persons to use them as channels of confusion in the maritime industry particularly MAN,Oronâ€.
He further reaffirmed the steady progress of the academy and commended the present leadership of the academy.â€œWe commend the rector, Mr Nseyen Ekanem Ebong for various infrastructural development that are on-going in the campus of the academy. It is also pertinent to state that ex students of the academy are immensely contributing to the oil and gas industry as not less than 107Â ex-cadets of the academy are employed in the Liquified Natural Gas and some of them have commanded long vessels as ship captains,â€ he said.