Youth urged to pursue careers in maritime

Written By: Jackie Wambiru

Stakeholders in the maritime industry have urged the youth in the country to pursue careers in maritime to avert the looming shortage of specialists.

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Following the heavy investment by government in the blue economy, industry players say opportunities in the maritime sectors are yet to be exploited.

According to the group, it is paramount for the youth to explore career opportunities in the industry as the government has heavily invested in the blue economy.

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They further added that it’s high time to pursue maritime courses as the government is focussed on improving the wide-ranged industry.

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The stakeholders, led by Saido Foundation chairman Said Abdalla have initiated the recruitment of more than 1900 youths to enable them to pursue various courses in the so as a result make them maritime specialists in order to spur Kenya’s economy.

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Abdalla stated it was unfortunate to see the youth engage in illegal activities at the expense of their future.

The group lauded the recent commissioning of Bandari Maritime Academy at Kilindini port in Mombasa by President Kenyatta saying the maritime academy will meet the rising demands of the emerging blue economy sector.

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If properly harnessed, the blue economy is expected to inject up to 4.8 billion dollars and create over 52,000 jobs in the next 10 years.

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