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Maritime : Expert calls for security of nation’s coastal line

A Maritime expert, Retired Rear Adm. Godswill Ombo, on Monday said the security of the nation s coastal line was paramount in protecting the economy.

Ombo spoke as the lead resource person at the 2017 International Seafarers Day marked in Lagos. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme is: Seafarers Matter . According to World Maritime University, International Day of the Seafarers was designated by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in 2010 as a way to recognize the contribution made by the world s seafarers.

Almost everything that we use and need in our daily lives is directly or indirectly affected by sea transport.

Every June 25, we take a moment to express our thanks to the World s 1,2 million seafarers for their contributions to the world economy and our economic and social well-being.

Seafarers are essential to our daily lives transporting more than 80 per cent of global trade by ships to people and communities all over the world.

Ombo said, The onus is on maritime security agencies to ensure that shippers (importers and exporters) s wares and personnel on board vessels are protected.

It will not be out of place if the security agencies team up to form a common front that will secure the waters.

We need to get our priorities right in terms of cadets on board training; the training of our cadets outside the country poses integrity and national interest question on us.

We keep complaining of lack of vessels to train the cadets on sea experience while there is a vessel abandoned at the Lagos Marina named `MV Hotten , which can be sued for training, Ombo said. He urged the seafarers to adhere strictly to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Seafarers Code as their watchword. According to him, such will guarantee them some security on board.

He called on the relevant agencies to do the needful and secure the vessel at the Lagos Marina for cadets sea experience training and save the nation the capital flight on foreign training. In his remarks, the Director, Merchant Shipping Academy, Capt. Adams Alex, said that Nigerian seafarers were being maltreated on board, while their foreign counterparts were enjoying international packages. Alex said that although, there was global recession, Nigerian seafarers were the worst-hit with many out of job, while those that have jobs were being under-paid.

Contractual agreements with the companies employing seafarers ought to be reviewed to be in tandem with the IMO s recognition, the seafarer said.

He said that the situation where seafarers were left at the mercy of the employers should no longer be condoned in order to make the job attractive to the cadets. Capt. Alfred Oniye, the Vice-Chairman, Zonal Shipping Council, urged the seafarers to conduct themselves well both on board and onshore. Oniye said that this would earn the Nigerian seafarers the desired respect.

He said that the uniform of seafarers was an international one that could be won anywhere in the world.

If we know the profession we are representing and neatly clad in the uniform, there is not going to be any clash with the Nigerian Navy over uniform, Oniye said.

In his comments, Capt. Oluwasegun Akanbi, the Convener of the event, appealed to the management of the Seafarers Council to liaise with all relevant authorities in order to improve the living condition of Nigerian seafarers.

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Disco-dancing security guards and Kano’s brass band: 10 highlights from Sunday at Glastonbury

While the clean-up crews descend upon what’s left of Worthy Farm[1], four of our Glastonbury correspondents have selected their highlights from the last day of the festival, from millennial nostalgia to security guards abandoning protocol to groove to Barry Gibb. Additionally, check out our highlights from Friday[2] and Saturday[3] at the festival.

1. Chic: Le Freak

Chic won the Glastonbury danceathon, no contest. The sun came out and a jam packed hillside pulled all their best disco moves to a slick, sleek, funky set from Nile Rodgers and his phenomenal groove merchants. Le Freak really got the freak flags flying. Set of the festival for this old disco fool. NM

2. Ed Sheeran: Thinking Out Loud

You can’t beat a mass singalong to really get to the essence of why music matters. And singalongs don’t get any more massive than 100,000 dazed and happy revellers belting out a romantic ballad beneath Somerset skies, accompanied by one man and his battered acoustic guitar. That is pure Glastonbury magic. We found love right where we are! NM[4]

Disco-dancing Security Guards And Kano's Brass Band: 10 Highlights From Sunday At Glastonbury

Ed Sheeran on the Pyramid Stage on Sunday night Credit: Paul Grover for The Telegraph

3. Yorkston, Thorne and Khan

While it’s easy to stumble upon a whole new field or an excellent hidden bar at Glastonbury, the best festivals give you a couple of artists to go home and listen to afterwards. At Sunday lunchtime West Holts was in its natural state; full of people lazing around, its army of coloured flags rippling in the breeze. And Yorkston, Thorne and Khan, the Indian-folk/jazzy trio, collided to give a wig-out that rang beautifully over it all, Suhail Yusuf Khan’s vocals concertinaing over a jam so deeply felt it was as if you were observing a particularly good band practice. I don’t know the song name, I’ve barely heard of the band, but I’ll be playing them at home the minute I get there. AV

4. Haim’s righteous Right Now

Right Now has only been out for a few weeks – it’s one of the handful of new songs that Haim have tantalisingly released as part of a long-awaited comeback. But it became a live classic at the Other Stage on Sunday evening as Californian sisters Este, Danielle and Alana united around three glimmering drum sets and built a glorious wall of defiance against the fool who hurt them. AV[5]

Disco-dancing Security Guards And Kano's Brass Band: 10 Highlights From Sunday At Glastonbury

California sister trio Haim Credit: Paul Grover for The Telegraph

5. Pink Oculus felt delicious

It takes a lot to lure in a weary l, homeward-bound soul at 2am, but Pink Oculus proved siren-like when I heard her query to the Pussy Parlure “do you feel delicious, Glastonbury?” resonate across Silver Hayes. With the lyrical flow of Azealia Banks crossed with Princess Nokia, the Dutch performer, clad in an iridescent mac and blue catsuit, admitted that yes, she did indeed feel delicious, halfway through her barnstorming set in the dance field. It’s fair to say that, by Monday morning, the crowd felt less so, but this was not going to stop them from dancing. AV

6. The Killers do Mr Brightside

Like it or loathe it, the Las Vegas quartet’s 2004 hit was arguably the definitive song of the early Noughties indie-disco scene (and has become a favourite at weddings). Concluding their secret set at the John Peel Stage on Sunday afternoon, The Killers burst into Mr Brightside and, boy, did the packed-out crowd respond: arms aloft, shouting out the lyrics at the top of their longs, hugging anyone who was nearby. It was huge. PS[6]

Disco-dancing Security Guards And Kano's Brass Band: 10 Highlights From Sunday At Glastonbury

The Killers during their surprise Glastonbury set Credit: Rob Loud/Getty Images

7. Justice remind us that We Are Your Friends

While Ed Sheeran was headlining the Pyramid, West Holts was the setting for a sharp blast of mid-Noughties nostalgia. Justice, the French duo whose colourful cocktail of Daft Punk-like house and dirty, swaggering rock, sent the glowsticked crowd – which included Glass Animals’ frontman Dave Bayley – berserk when they segued into their classic remix of Simian Mobile Disco s We Are Your Friends, a track that came to define that decade’s clubbing scene. PS

8. Security’s Staying Alive dance

Barry Gibb’s set on the Pyramid Stage was a wonderful piece of unifying nostalgia anyway, but when the blue-shirted security guards ranged between the stage and the crowd burst into a co-ordinated dance during Staying Alive, it was a special moment. Glastonbury only had about three hours of proper uninterrupted sun this weekend, and it came out at the precise moment that the unexpected bouncers’ boogie started. JH[7]

“Feel the city breakin’ and everybody shakin'” #Glastonbury2017 is Stayin’ Alive with Barry Gibb! Watch live:[8][9][10]

BBC Radio 2 (@BBCRadio2) June 25, 2017[11]

9. Kano’s full-band grime

Think that grime music is a DIY genre made on laptops in people’s bedrooms? Think again. Kano brought brass, strings and an upright piano to his headlining set up at the Park Stage, proving that grime can be even more thrilling when played by a full band. The full sound – which shook you to the core – in no way diluted or softened his music’s raw power. Quite the opposite: it took it to another level. JH[12]

10. Crazy Cabaret field

Think of people in gorilla costumes and you think of crap stag parties or fun-runners in marathons. But, sitting on a bed of straw in the cabaret field, the most life-like ‘gorilla’ you could imagine drew a crowd of awestruck children. They sat in silence with the beast, utterly mesmerised by its slow and natural movements, some leaning in to let it de-flea their hair. A man hovered past the children on a flying carpet. Behind them, a troupe of grannies started body-popping to hip hop. Sometimes daft, always surprising, Glastonbury’s Cabaret Field is a place of wonder. JH

Glastonbury Festival 2017 in pictures: space cowboys, stone circles and singalongs[13]


  1. ^ clean-up crews descend upon what’s left of Worthy Farm (
  2. ^ Friday (
  3. ^ Saturday (
  4. ^ one man and his battered acoustic guitar (
  5. ^ at the Other Stage on Sunday evening (
  6. ^ their secret set at the John Peel Stage on Sunday afternoon (
  7. ^ Barry Gibb’s set on the Pyramid Stage (
  8. ^ #Glastonbury2017 (
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  11. ^ June 25, 2017 (
  12. ^ his headlining set up at the Park Stage (
  13. ^ Glastonbury Festival 2017 in pictures: space cowboys, stone circles and singalongs (
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