The Nigerian Institute of Shipping (NIS) has decried the shortage of trained shipping professionals in Nigeria, even as the group stressed that the challenge poses a human capital gap in the nation.
NIS President, Dr. Martins Enebeli stated this during the recent induction of Fellows at the Institute, while he assured that the organization is strategically placed to address the knowledge gap problems.
Enebeli posited that the nation’s shipping sector wouldn’t fully optimize its potentials if human capital development isn’t prioritized by private sector players as well as government agencies.
His words: “We are looking forward to a time when we will be exporting experts in shipping to other countries, this is what we are working towards. I therefore call on all practitioners in the shipping profession to get certification in shipping from the institute.”
“Youcan use our certificates to get master’s degree from Lagos State University (LASU) after which you can go ahead to obtain PhD. We are developing best modern curriculum in line with the best professional practice all over the world.”
Dr. Enebeli explained that as an Institute of Shipping, the institution is not just about maritime, but all modes of transportation, noting that the nomenclature has misled many people to thinking that body only focuses on maritime.
“Shipping is encompassing. It involves every form of transportation. Shipping includes pipeline, aviation, road and sea transport. Any form of transportation is shipping, but because of the nomenclature, many people misconstrue it. If you are directly or indirectly involved in any practice revolving around transportation, then you are in into shipping and you need to join the Nigerian Institute of Shipping to gain more knowledge. There are also many other benefits to gain as a fellow of the Institute”, Enebeli said.
As the event, NIS inducted the Dean, School of Transport and Logistics, LASU, Prof. Charles Asenime as a fellow of the Institute in recognition of his immense contribution to the advancement of the nation’s shipping sector.
Enebeli said Professor Asenime has built capacity in the shipping industry, stressing that his effort has positioned the industry such that experts in the shipping profession can now obtain PhD.
In his remarks, Professor Asenime said the Institute’s fellowship conferred on him will spur him to do more; pointing that NIS as an institution has become a force to reckon with in the sector.
The event also featured the induction of new members, while the Registrar of the institute, Mr. Samson Chima explained that the institute established in 1983, came to into existence with the aim of bridging the knowledge gap in the shipping profession.