By Ifunanya Okafor
The Nigeria Merchant Navy Seafarers has called on the Federal Government to empower the Nigeria Merchant Navy Security and Safety Corps, NMNC, to coordinate all seafarers operating on board, offshore and onshore to stop seamen from being used by corrupt ship owners or shipping agents to perpetrate oil bunkering, smuggling of weapons, contraband goods and immigrant in Nigerian waters.
Speaking while marking 100 years of existence of Nigeria Merchant Navy at their headquarters in Lagos, last week, the Commandant of the Nigerian Merchant Navy Corps, Commodore Allen Edema noted that Nigeria has well trained security operatives but regretted that perceived unpatriotic connivance, conspiracy and self-centerdness among some public servants, are the sole causes of insecurity in the country today.
According to him, “Our major aims and objectives is not only to convey goods and cargoes from one country seaports to another and sailing round the world but to develop and protect the integrity of the country’s economic development because sea is the major route resources and development of a nation.
We also protect lives and properties within riverine areas in all states with a view to eradicating youth restiveness by implementing and enforcing the Carbotage Act.
“The Corps shall recruit and train youths on International Seamanship Standards so as to create enormous sea jobs that leads to massive deployment on board, to man local and foreign-going vessels plying Nigerian waters as well as crewing on articles on board.”