Job creation: Stakeholders to explore maritime sector

Calabar Port, Nigeria

Industry stakeholders and top government officials will on Tuesday October 4, 2022 come together to discuss how to create one million jobs in the maritime sector for youths within one year.

The event, initiated by the Employment Clinic as part of efforts to reduce poverty and unemployment among the teeming unemployed youths in the country will hold at Rockview Hotel, Apapa in Lagos.

The event of the theme is ‘Project One Million Jobs: From impact to Legacies, Heading To a New Frontier in Maritime Economy.’

The Chief Executive Officer of the Employment Clinic, Ms Ronke Kosoko, said the project is initiated to ensure that government fixes the Infrastructural deficits hindering the private sector from multiplying opportunities which would help withdraw jobless youths from the streets across the country.

She said: “The Federal Ministry of Transportation and its Agencies and Parastatals, the Honorable Minister for Transportation, Engr. Mu’azu Jaji Sambo, the Lagos State Government and several private organisations have declared their support to ensure the success of the project and ready to work with the Lagos State Government where necessary.

“Thousands of our youths can be practically engaged in fish trawling, ship building and repairs, cabotage, port and harbour, hydro power generation, offshore and offdock stevedoring, jetty operation, ferry and boat services, tourism, platforms, pilot and towage boats, mooring and supply crew vessel, shipping, forwarding agencies, medium and small scale industries, reefers carriers, truck holding bays, refineries, petro-chemical shipping, dredging and marine materials excavation, supply of bunkers of petroleum and water, cargo consolidation, logistics and distribution as well as the new opportunities been redefined by the new market opportunities and port developments across the country particularly in Lagos State which now houses three port cities.”

Kosoko stressed that it has become imperative to empower the youths in all the sub-sectors of the maritime industry not only with the right skills but through  the right mentorship processes, internship placement, hand holding, guidance and in every way in order to explore the abundant resources flourishing in the country’s waterways and seabed, saying that the industry alone can absolve over five million workforce across the country because of the potentials and the opportunities in an industry with over N90trillion asset base.

Expected at the event are the Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila; Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Jaji Sambo; Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwoolu; Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde  Raji Fashola; Desmond Elliot, Chief Pius Akinyelure, Nigerian Shippers Council, among others.

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