Unemployed Nigerian cadets turning to piracy

The chairman of the Nigeria Shipowners Association, Captain Niyi Labinjo, has blasted the national government, linking the failure to secure onboard training for local cadets to the growth in piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.

“Cadets of [the Maritime Academy of Nigeria] who graduated six to 15 years ago have no jobs. So what do you want to do with the new people you are training? You are going to make them hijackers, sea pirates. That is why the issue of sea piracy cases is very high because the boys we trained have no jobs,” Labinjo told Nigeria’s Vanguard paper.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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