The Executive Secretary of Abuja Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Port State Control For West Africa and Central Africa respectively, Capt Sunday Umoren has assured cadets graduating from the nation’s premier Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron of available employment opportunities in the maritime sector of Nigeria economy.
Speaking on Wednesday during the 2023 Maritime Lecture as part of activities to mark 2023 cadets’ graduation in Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron on the topic: ” Getting Set For A Successful Career After Graduation: Tips For Holding Down A Job Successfully” Umoren hailed the Rector Comdr Effedua Emmanuel (retd) for providing necessary facilities in the institution to prepare cadets to compete with their counterparts anywhere in the world.
Umoren; a former staff of Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas of Nigeria charged cadets to be satisfied with their job opportunities before thinking of any material gains.
” Consider satisfaction first in your search as satisfaction will certainly come at the apex of your career.
” As technology changes, industries evolves or situation like recession causes some jobs to become unstable, a career acts like a safety net ”
He therefore charged the cadets to satisfy their employers to ensure that they are retained in their jobs.
Umoren advised the cadets to learn new technology as emotional intelligence can not be easily replaced by technology.
“Graduating from Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron is a foundation that nobody can take away from from you.
“If you wait for your organization, your promotion will be delayed, but if you develop yourself, your promotion will be faster and rapid ”
Umoren listed problems of Seafarers to include loneliness as they stay away from families, sea pirates/robbery, physical risks and injuries, personal health issues, poor Manning levels on some ships, fatigue and stress
Others mentioned were unfavourable Maritime laws in some ports, frequent changes in International Maritime Organization( IMO) legislation leading to suspension of necessary certificates or licenses as well as wages and welfare-related matters.
He therefore urged the cadets to maintain high level of professionalism in the discharge of their duties to employers to stay afloat on their jobs despite all odds.