(NSDP) of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA)
received accolades from the President and Commander in Chief, Dr. Goodluck
Ebele Jonathan (GCFR) on Sunday in Lagos at a reception hosted in their honour
by the Nigerian Young Professionals Forum.
of the Management of NIMASA at ensuring the placement of these young Nigerians
in reputable maritime institutions across the globe, admonished the beneficiaries
of the programme to exhibit great professionalism when they take on the global
challenges in the maritime sector after the completion of the mandatory
National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) which they are currently undertaking.
capacity development for young Nigerians is critical to the growth and
development of the country and as such no effort will be spared at making sure
the NSDP and similar programmes are sustained. “As a nation, if you must prepare
for the future of the country you must invest in the young people in the
country, and as a nation you don’t go back but move forward” he
Patrick Akpobolokemi said the graduates had made him proud as scores of them
made top grades at the final examinations in Egypt and the United Kingdom. “This
is a motivation and will aid continuation of the scheme. We thank Mr. President
for his support in seeing to the success of this programme and for keeping us
on our toes in the discharge of our duties in NIMASA to realize the objective” he
The DG also appreciated the Honourable Minister of Transport, Senator
Idris Umar for his support in this human capacity development drive.
NIMASA for the rare opportunity accorded them to meet and interact with the
President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. They individually and as a group
promised the President that the enormous resources expended by government
towards the successful completion of their programmes in Egypt and the United
Kingdom was money well spent and they will not fail the President and the
nation when they eventually commence their chosen careers.
Raphael Oluwafemi Faboro said, “I will like to appreciate the President,
Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for making it possible for us to have a good life
and good future. Sir, I will like to say you have given us a good opportunity
and as professionals in the maritime sector, we are
to go to the world and to also take charge of the Nigerian Cabotage trade.
Indeed, you are our hero.”
the Arab Academy of Science, Technology and Maritime Transport, Alexandria,
Egypt and the South Tyneside College, New Castle, United Kingdom. They studied
various courses such as; Marine Engineering, Nautical Science, Naval
Architecture amongst others.
programme are also undergoing maritime related courses in the Philippines, India