No fewer than 30 Nigerian youths, sponsored by Julius Pondi, member representing Burutu federal constituency in the House of Representatives, scholarship scheme in Maritime and Nautical studies at Joe Marine Institute of Nautical Studies and Research, have graduated with flying colours.
Pondi said he will continue to embark on programmes that will add direct value to the lives of his constituents.
He stated this at Obotobo 1 community in Ogulagha Kingdom,Burutu Local Government Area while presenting certificates to 30 youths who recently graduated from the Joe Marine Institute of Nautical Studies and Research on his scholarship programme.
He said he decided to train the 30 youths in different fields in the maritime industry as available records showed that the country had a shortfall of 50,000 seafarers to effectively man the maritime sector.
The Federal lawmaker urged the thirty graduands to leverage on their new skills and knowledge acquired to improve their lives and contribute positively to the maritime industry promising to continue to give robust and effective representation as well as embarking on various empowerment programmes.
While stressing that the thirty youths were drawn from the various wards in Burutu Federal Constituency Honourable Pondi noted that the training was part of concerted efforts to assist youth earn living for themselves.
The Managing Director, Joe Marine Institute of Nautical Studies and Research,Mr Kenneth Epidei said the thirty youths were trained in maritime technology, nautical science and maritime engineering among others for six months and have been certified fit to enter the maritime industry.
He said the institute was renowned for the training of marine officers and ratings for the maritime industry and commended Honourable Julius Pondi for the training exercise as all expenses were paid by him and called on elected and appointed officials of government to emulate him.
Speaking on behalf of the graduands,Kerien Ekeredubamor thanked Honourable Julius Pondi for sponsoring their training saying it was a worthy venture as they were set to sail as Marine Engineer Assistance and Deck hands in the maritime sector and promised to be good ambassadors of the Julius Pondi Foundation.
The highpoint was the presentation of certificates of competence in Marine Technology, Seaman Discharge book as well as international passports and other document.