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Australia, Norway to partner NIMASA on capacity development

§L-R:
Head, Protocol Unit of NIMASA, Ms Kehinde Bolaji; Director, Shipping Development, Captain Warredi Enisuoh; Australian Deputy High Commissioner, Angela Tierney; Director General, NIMASA,
Dr Ziakede Akpobolokemi; Executive Director, Maritime Safety and
Shipping Development, Captain Ezekiel Bala Agaba and Assistant Director,
Maritime Labour Services, Mr. Chiroma Ibrahim when the Australian Deputy High Commissioner
paid a courtesy visit to the Agency.

L-R: Executive Director, (ED) Admin and Finance of NIMASA, Haruna Baba Jauro; Director,
Shipping Development, Capt. Warredi Enisuoh; Counsellor Petroleum and
Commercial Affairs, Norwegian Embassy, Mr. Tor Tanum; Norwegian Ambassador to
Nigeria, Mr. Rolf Ree; DG/CEO, NIMASA, Dr. Ziakede Patrick Akpobolokemi and ED,
Maritime Safety and Shipping Development, Capt. Ezekiel Bala Agaba during a
working visit by the Ambassador to the Agency.

The Australian Deputy High Commissioner to
Nigeria, Angela 
Tierney on
Tuesday said her country would partner with the Nigerian Maritime
Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) in technical support provision and
human capacity development.

 This is contained in a statement issued in
Lagos by the Deputy Director and Head of Public Relations of NIMASA, Mr Isichei
Osamgbi.
According to the statement, the envoy, who
was on a visit to NIMASA headquarters in Lagos, commended the human capacity
building drive of the Agency.
She expressed her country’s willingness to
work with NIMASA in building the requisite capacity for the maritime industry.
The statement said the Norwegian Ambassador
to Nigeria, Mr Rolf Ree, had earlier visited the Agency and also stated his
country’s readiness for the provision of technical support to NIMASA.
According to the statement, Ree said the
support was towards realising the full potentials of the Nigerian maritime
industry.
Director General of NIMASA, Dr Ziakede
Akpobolokemi, while receiving his guests, expressed willingness to partner with
major maritime nations such as Australia and Norway particularly in the area of
capacity building, the statement read.
“Australia is a nation that enjoys high respect among the comity of
maritime nations.
“Partnership with your country will surely help us realise the
potentials of building a competent workforce that is poised to take the
Nigerian maritime sector to greater heights,” the statement quoted
Akpobolokemi.
It said that while meeting with the
Norwegian Ambassador, the DG noted that “the support so far given the Agency by your
country has been of immense benefit to the maritime sector locally.” 
He urged them not to relent in their
support, as such will continue to help in growing maritime nations like
Nigeria.
The DG assured the Envoys of improvement
in monitoring Nigeria’s maritime domain in real time using satellite
surveillance system that covers the whole of Nigeria’s coast and the Gulf of
Guinea, the statement said.

According to the statement, the NIMASA DG
said that the progress should attract more commercial activity from around the
world.  

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