> Operatives of the Nigerian Navy NNS Jubilee in Akwa Ibom yesterday
> closed the premises of an illegal Merchant Seaman Maritime Academy at
> Ikot Aduto in Essien Udim local Government area of Akwa Ibom state.
> The Navy also arrested the owner of the Academy, a self styled
> Captain, Adams Pius and nine others, including two women, for
> allegedly operating the fake merchant navy academy.
> About 95 students of the illegal Seaman Academy, who were adorned in
> Nigerian Navy uniform, were also disbanded and asked to return home.
> Other suspects mostly lecturers of the school, which the Navy claimed
> had been in operation for quite some time now and had many graduates
> as staffs were also disbanded
> Briefing newsmen shortly after sealing of the premises, Mudiaga
> Ejumabone (Captain) and Executive Officer NNS Jubilee Ikot Abasi who
> led the operation said the Merchant Seaman Academy, is not an approved
> He added that the only institution that trains merchant navy in the
> country is Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, under the supervision of
> the Federal Ministry of Transport.
> Ejumabone who represented the Commander NNS Jubilee, Saidu Garba
> accused the proprietor of the school Adams Pius of parading himself as
> a Captain in the school adding that he had never attended any Navy
> He stated that the academy did not have any legal backing to operate
> and that it was neither registered nor approved by the Ministry of
> Transport as Maritime training Institution.
> ‘’Some of these people often deceive would-be recruits that it has
> affiliation with Nigerian Navy and the Maritime Academy of Nigeria,
> Oron, as their uniforms resemble naval uniforms and accoutrements.”
> As you can see they are impersonating, especially with their mode of
> dressing, which is similar to the naval uniform, causing a big
> embarrassment to the Nigerian Navy.
> “The nefarious activities of these so-called seafarers, if not nipped
> in the bud, would continue to constitute serious security problems in
> the country.
> Once the products of this training programme cannot secure jobs, they
> might become ready tools to be used as thugs, armed robbers, assassins
> and possibly, militants.”
> But the Adams the proprietor of the school said the school was
> registered by the Federal Ministry and National Board for Technical
> Education NABTE.
> He said he studied in Ghana as a Marine Engineer and has never
> attended any naval training school before, but bestowed on himself the
> naval rank of Captain to reflect the nomenclature of seaman school
> which is generally used by mariners.