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Expert urges FG to integrate maritime education into school curriculum



Expert urges FG to integrate maritime education into school curriculum


Mrs Ezinne Azunna, Project Coordinator/Convener, Maritime Writes Project, has urged the Federal Government to incorporate maritime education into school curriculum to enable the country become a leading maritime nation.

Azunna made the appeal at the third edition of The Maritime Writes Project, a training bootcamp held on Thursday in Lagos.

According to her, if maritime education is infused into the country’s curriculum, it means we are owning our maritime space and this will enable us do things differently.

“For a while, Nigeria have been trying to get into the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) seat, also tried to manage its resources as a maritime nation, the people who manage better are the ones that know and are familiar with the terrain.

“So, if we are calling for the industry to be harnessed, then we must also avail training to the people and that is what we are doing here. That is why we must own our maritime space.

“In the comity of maritime nations, the only people that have made it are those that own their maritime space, so we cannot begin to play lip service to it and the only way not to play lip service is to introduce it in our curriculum.

“Aquaculture have been introduced in Lagos State, but what of other places,” she said.

Azunna pointed out that the maritime industry largely contribute a whole lot to the economy, adding that it was time for government to pay more attention to the industry.

She said the industry had over 100 professions that should be harnessed to boost youth empowerment and employment creation.

Azunna said the bootcamp was instituted to help capture maritime heritage for economic growth and development.

She said the project, a three phase competition, started with an essay entry, noting that 90 entries came from Lagos which was trimmed down to 56.

“Why is it that the ordeal of females on ships 50/40 years ago is nowhere documented?

“I usually give a story about growing up, the only book I was exposed to that was maritime inclined was Robinson Crusoe by Donald Dafoe and it was amazing and at that point I did not know I will venture into the maritime industry.

“So, coming into the industry, I have a background in literature and I ask myself where is the maritime literature to read.

“If we want our young people to come into the industry, why is it that when one picks up a book, the first exposure is to the medical, accountant world and none about the ship or life of a diver,” she said.

Also speaking, the Head of Faculty, Maritime Writes Project, Dr Taiwo Nolas-Alausa, said the initiative had been focused on promoting the maritime sector by highlighting how it had enhanced the nation’s economy.

Nolas-Alausa narrated the success story of a beneficiary of the Maritime Writes Project, Uchenna Ohiaeri, who recently won African Leadership Scholarship.

“I’m excited by the progress we have made over the years. Recently, we had the remarkable story of one of our trainees, Uche Ohiaeri, who won a scholarship of African Leadership in South Africa.

“After winning the award, she attributed her success to the experience she gathered at the Maritime Writes Project.


“This year’s edition is strategically positioned during the summer holidays. We can see the fruits ourselves. Our goal is to birth the next literary exploits like Chimamanda Adichie, Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, among other great literary scholars,” he said.

Nolas-Alausa, also Director, Business Relations and Training, Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry, encouraged government, private and public sector organisations to prioritise the development of young people to enable them become assets to the nation and the world.

Also, Prof. Adegbite Tobalase, while making presentation on Art of Writing Children Literature, listed some characteristics of effective writing such as: putting the reader first, type of communication to provide information and to make recommendations.

He listed others as setting and meeting objectives of the writing, length of writing and use of imageries, layout and structure, developing and following house style.

Tobalase also educated the participants on traits of effective writing, which he listed as ideas, organisation, voice, words, sentences, correctness and design.

A 14-year-old participants, Murtadho Musa, said the training would help him improve on his writing skills.

“I also appreciate the organisers for this training because it will help us in the future, they are really impacting the society,” he said.


Unknown Gunmen Abduct Channelstv Reporter In Port-harcourt




Some unknown gunmen have kidnapped Joshua Rogers, the ChannelsTV reporter in Port-Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Politics Nigeria learnt that Rogers was picked up close to his residence at Rumuosi in Port Harcourt and to an unknown destination by the gunmen around 9pm on Thursday, April 11.

The reporter was driving his official ChannelsTV branded car when the hoodlums accosted, pointed a gun at him and took him away in the same vehicle.


Rogers was said to be returning from his official assignment in Government House after a trip to Andoni for a government event when the incident happened.

Already, the gunmen were said to have contacted his wife and demanded a N30million ransom for bis release.

His cameraman confirmed the incident and appealed to his abductors to set him free unconditionally.

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Sermons, Tinubu Appeals To Religious Leaders



Bola Tinubu


President Bola Tinubu has called on religious leaders to refrain from vilifying or denigrating the nation in their sermons.

Speaking during Ramadan Iftar with traditional rulers and religious leaders at the State House on Thursday in Abuja, the President emphasized the important role of religious leaders in shaping public opinion and fostering a sense of unity among citizens.

He urged the leaders to be more constructive in their criticism of those in elective positions.

President Tinubu also declared that his administration is determined to turn Nigeria’s challenges into prosperity.

He reiterated that no terrorist can defeat the collective will of Nigerians, no matter how hard they try to prey on innocent citizens.

He urged traditional and religious leaders to forge a strong bond with the government to defeat terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, and other forms of criminality in the country.

”Yesterday in Abuja, I attended the burial of the 17 soldiers killed in action at Okuama, Delta State. I saw their pregnant wives and little kids.

”The love of the nation is in your hands. Pray for our country. Educate our children. The sermons we preach to the members of our churches and mosques are important.

”Do not condemn your own nation. As a Yoruba man and as our fathers will say, ‘No matter how slippery the bottom of your child is, you must leave the beads there.’

“Leave the beads there. This is your country; do not condemn it in sermons, do not abuse the nation. Leadership is meant for change.

”Yes, this leader is bad, fine. Wait until the next election to change him, but do not condemn your country. Do not curse Nigeria. This is a beautiful land.

The President, who acknowledged the birthday wishes and goodwill extended to him on the occasion, reminded the leaders that his birthday on March 29, 2024, coincided with Good Friday.

“I have earned the honour of having my birthday fall on Good Friday, and I pray that on this Maundy Thursday, you all shall return to your homes safely. May God guide and keep you and your families in good health, and lift your spirits,” the President prayed.

Different speakers at the dinner expressed gratitude for the opportunity to come together in the spirit of Ramadan to share a meal with the President and renew the bonds of friendship that unite the nation.

Vice-President Kashim Shettima emphasized the pivotal roles of religious and traditional rulers in promoting peace and unity, urging them to continue to ‘‘build bridges that transcend ethnic and religious divides.’’


The Vice-President expressed delight that the nation’s economy is on a rebound, noting the strengthening of the naira against the dollar.

”The President means well for the nation, and he has continued to redefine the meaning and concept of modern leadership.

”For many years, fuel subsidy was an albatross. The President took a bold decision from day one, and he hit the ground running. Now the economy is turning the corner,” the Vice-President said.

Speaking on behalf of the Traditional Rulers Council of Nigeria, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, assured the President of the unwavering support of traditional rulers and commended the government’s efforts to address the hike in food prices and the security challenges.

”You are not alone, Mr. President. The prices of food items and goods are gradually coming down. You are doing your best on security, and we cannot allow you to do it alone. We will join hands to support your vision for the betterment of our nation,” the Ooni said.

Ambassador Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli, Emir of Zazzau, speaking on behalf of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), highlighted the significance of Ramadan as a period of reflection, empathy, and unity.

On the security situation in the country, the Emir of Zazzau, who represented the Sultan of Sokoto and President General of NSCIA, expressed optimism that the country will return to peace and stability.

”I am happy to see representatives of Muslim and Christian communities in this room. I pray God Almighty blesses the President for him to do more to take the country to the Promised Land,” the Emir prayed.

Apostle Samson Fatokun, General Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), noted that the Ramadan dinner with religious and traditional leaders, coincided with Maundy Thursday, the Thursday before Easter, observed in commemoration of Jesus Christ’s institution of the Eucharist during the Last Supper.

The General Secretary, who delivered the address of CAN President, Archbishop Daniel Okoh, commended President Tinubu for fostering a harmonious relationship between the State and the Church.

”We are encouraged that your administration has shown great determination in tackling the challenges of kidnapping and banditry and bringing to justice the perpetrators of this dastardly act.

”We shall continue to show our support to your administration so that you can execute your noble intention for the nation,” CAN General Secretary said.

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