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Uphold the Esteemed Reputation Of: Liberia’s Maritime Flag … Commissioner Neto Zarzar Lighe Cautions LMTI Graduates

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MARSHALL, MARGIBI: The Commissioner of Liberia Maritime Authority (LMA), Cllr. Neto Zarzar Lighe, has cautioned graduates of the Liberia Maritime Training Institute (LMTI), to uphold the esteemed reputation of the Liberian flag.
“The ocean demands unwavering focus and adherence to maritime regulations. Your dedication to safety will not only protect yourselves and your crew, but also uphold the esteemed reputation of the Liberian flag that you carry on your shoulders,” Commissioner Lighe emphasized.

Speaking on Thursday, May 16, 2024, at program marking the graduation of 24 Cadets from Liberia Maritime Training Institute (LMTI), the LMA Boss further told the graduates: “The maritime industry is the lifeblood of global trade. It connects nations, spurs trade and commerce, fuels economies, and transports the very necessities that sustain our world.”

The graduation of the 24 Liberian Cadets, who earned Associate Degrees, marked the third (3rd) by the institution and was held at its campus in Marshall City, Margibi County.

He explained that “for more than half a century, the Liberian flag has been flown by vessels that have traversed the oceans, transporting essential goods for the global economy, contributing not only to our nation’s proud maritime heritage, but also to the very fabric of global trade.”

“This heritage of an internationally renowned and reputed maritime program built over the years is now yours to protect and carry forward,” he emphasized.

“While we acknowledge the momentous nature of today’s occasion and take enormous pride in the feat achieved by these young men and women, we are not unaware of the fact that the constantly-evolving global maritime industry requires the continuous training of highly skilled workforce that is disciplined, innovative and capable of fostering strong networks in the working environment,” he stressed.

He emphasized that “it is thus critically important that we take deliberate steps at making the needed investment in improving the infrastructure of Liberia’s Maritime Training Program, because strong maritime infrastructure plays a critical role in effective training for future seafarers.”

He added that it is against this backdrop that “improving and expanding the existing infrastructure of the Liberia Maritime Training Institute (LMTI) sits at the core of his administration’s vision for the maritime sector of Liberia.

“This vision encapsulates expanding the campus of the institution to provide a more realistic training environment,” Mr. Lighe pointed out.

Towards this end, he disclosed, facilities such as the academic building and staff housing quarters should be renovated.

He also asserted that the student dormitory requires expansion to cater to the contemplated increase in enrollment at the institution.

He, at the same time, unveils a greater vision to upscale the Liberia Maritime Training Institute (LMTI) to a full-fledged university that will provide all marine disciplines at Bachelor and Master degrees level.

According to Commissioner Lighe, the vision for infrastructural improvement at the LMTI aligns with President Joseph Boakai’s strategic goal of increasing the enrollment at the institution from the current number of just twenty (24) students per training cycle to an appreciable number “that reflects our readiness to supply the maritime industry with trained professionals on a large scale.”

He emphasized that Liberia’s position as an important player in the global maritime industry demands that the country also be a major supplier of trained and professional sea fearers to the industry.

“The current enrollment numbers at the LMTI is a far cry from enabling Liberia attain the status of being a major supplier of maritime labor. Hence, increasing the enrollment numbers at the LMTI is a quintessential item for this administration. Achieving the objectives of the ARREST agenda hinges on providing opportunities for education to young Liberians on a massive scale, especially in critical sector like the maritime sector that has vast opportunity for job creation, sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction,” he asserted.

Commissioner Lighe: “We are acutely aware that our responsibility does not begin or end with the training of professional workforce for the maritime industry; rather, we are also responsible for ensuring that those trained are afforded the opportunity to either seek further improvement in their professional training by enrolling at institutions like the Regional Maritime University, located in Ghana or other maritime training institutions around the world, or to seek employment on vessels straddling the national and international waters.”

He pointed out that “the LMTI has had an enviable record of ensuring the placement of its graduates on board vessels around the world. And these graduates have over time demonstrated exceptional excellence and commitment in their services, and are thereby ably representing the flag of Liberia. Thanks to LISCR and LMTI Management for the tremendous job and it is our ardent hope that the institution remains vibrant and prosperous.” See full text of Commission Lighe’s Speech on our website.

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