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In six major chapters, she examines the working lives of Nigerian colonial seamen; the seamen's cosmopolitan imaginary; the birth of the NNSL; cultures of work on NNSL ships; and the plight of NNSL seafarers during the decline and since the demise of the shipping line.
Paradoxically, while discriminatory treatment had forged a bond of Nigerian citizenship among them during the colonial period, ethnic divisions and unfair treatment aboard NNSL ships brought disillusionment and a longing for the 'good old days' of colonial-era service on ED ships.
An equally important theme examined in two chapters is the systematic destruction of the NNSL, through political interference, ethnic strife, mismanagement, indiscipline, and the criminal and unprofessional activities of ships' captains and seamen.
The author should have stuck to the acronym 'NNSL' after the first reference; instead, both the acronym and the full name are used throughout the text, even in the same paragraph.
Executive Secretary of PTAD, Sharon Ikeazor, said this while reacting to allegations by representatives of ex-workers of NNSL insinuating that PTAD had deliberately delayed their enrollment into the Defined Benefit Scheme (DBS) and thereby frustrating the payment ofthe N3 billion pension arrears owed to its members.
In the case of NNSL, the approval for enrollment was received in April 2018, several months after the first set of agencies was approved.
She said, 'most significantly, it requires getting the authentic salary structure of the agency concerned, which, in the case of NNSL, was not an easy feat.
During the days of NNSL, Nigeria was able to train the bulk of today's master mariners who are currently ageing.
'Apart from the brief spell when we had the NNSL which offered Nigerians sea opportunities in the maritime industry as we know, that endeavor failed, and as a country we lost that opportunity to build the human capacity and resources to go ahead to dominate', the Governor added.
'Apart from the brief spell when we had the NNSL which offered Nigerians sea opportunities in the maritime industry as we know, that endeavour failed, and as a country, we lost that opportunity to build the human capacity and resources to go ahead to dominate', the Governor added.
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