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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.


We’ll sit with herdsmen to explain why cows cannot graze inside Abuja– Wike



Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, says that the FCT Administration will take a firm decision on open grazing inside the Abuja city centre after consultation with herdsmen.

“Before we take any decision, we will do proper consultation so that nobody will say you never alerted them, you never interacted with them before you took that decision.
We are going to call the cattle people to sit with them. We cannot allow things to go on like this. We didn’t say that there will be no cattle in Abuja, but within the city,” he said. Mr Wike stated this while fielding questions from journalists after inspecting some road projects in Abuja on Saturday.

He said that cows would be allowed to graze in the suburbs but not in the city centre.

On the ban of commercial motorcycles from operating within the city centre, the minister said a firmer decision would be taken after the federal provided buses as alternatives.

“We did not take a firm decision because we have not been able to provide the buses that will be the alternative for the people.
It is within the government’s responsibility to provide the alternative and then ask the motorcycle operators to leave the city centre.
This is so that you don’t ask them to leave, and people will be suffering; no,” he said.


Some of the projects visited are the completion of Roads B6, B12 and Circle Road in Central Area and the rehabilitation of the Federal Secretariat, being handled by Julius Berger.

The minister also inspected the construction of the southern Parkway from Christian Centre (S8/9) to Ring Road 1, being handled by Setraco and the expansion of the outer Southern Expressway being handled by CGC.

The project spanned from Villa Roundabout to OSEX/Ring Road 1 Junction, including four interchanges.

Mr Wike equally inspected the full scope development of Arterial Road N20, from Northern Parkway to ONEX with spurs being handled by Gilmor Engineering.

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Petrol tanker explosion claims 5 lives in Delta – PPRO



The Police Command in Delta says five persons lost their lives in a petrol tanker explosion in the state, police sources said.

The spokesman of the command, DSP Bright Edafe, disclosed this to newsmen on Sunday in Warri, saying the incident occurred on 1 October at Ugbenu in Ethiope West Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

He said that the tanker, laden with petrol, was heading towards Benin City in the morning when the unfortunate incident happened.

“In the early hours of Oct. 1, 2023, at about 0200hrs, the Command recorded a tragic incident where a tanker, laden with petroleum product, being driven towards Benin on the Warri – Benin Road fell at Ugbenu Koko Junction.

“Its content spilled into the nearby swamp and the spillage attracted a couple of youths who took advantage of the incident and started scooping fuel into jerry cans and other containers.


“While they were at it, an explosion erupted and the fire from the explosion engulfed the whole area.

“The fire claimed lives of five persons among the youths who had come to scoop fuel,” Edafe said.

He said that several properties, including eight buses of different makes, two tankers, five trailers, two motorcycles, a Sienna space wagon and a ‘C’ Class Mercedes Benz car were also burnt.

Edafe said that the remains of the victims had been deposited at the Oghara General Hospital’s morgue in Ethiope West.

He added that police operatives attached to the Oghara division, in collaboration with the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) at Ethiope West, had mobilised to the scene to ensure the free flow of traffic.


Edafe said that the Commissioner of Police, Delta Command, Mr Wale Abass, had expressed his sympathy with the families that lost their loved ones in the incident.

“It is sad that we never learn from past occurrences, since this is not the first time such incident has happened.

“Nonetheless, I appeal that Nigerians should do away with greed and avoid scenes where there is an occurrence of oil spillages.

“It poses a serious threat to their lives and the lives of others,” Edafe warned.

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