|Dr Ziakede Akpobolokemi, DG, NIMASA|
Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Patrick Akpobolokemi, on Thursday
said that Nigeria would soon begin to export seafarers to other countries.
after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) granted approval for the operation of
the Nigerian Maritime University.
in West Africa was an initiative of NIMASA.
institution, Nigeria would be saving foreign exchange hitherto being used in
training seafarers abroad.
would be exported to other countries.
Okerenkoko, Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State, the
university is expected to run courses in Marine Engineering, Naval
Architecture, Nautical Science, Transport Technology and other maritime related
fields at degree and sub-degree levels.
signify a major milestone in the agency’s capacity building initiatives as it
will guarantee sustainable training of qualified manpower for the maritime
industry at international standard,” he said.
Federal Government, the university was set to commence academic activities at
its fully developed temporary site in Kurutie, also in Warri-South West Local
institution, as well as the NIMASA Shipyard and Dockyard in Okerenkoko, was
conducted by President Goodluck Jonathan in May 2014.
focused in building human capacity for the Nigerian maritime sector through
strengthening the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP), a
scholarship programme designed to train young Nigerians in various maritime
professions at degree level.
academic institutions in Egypt, India, Philippines, Romania and the United
Kingdom; a number of whom have since graduated.
also established Institutes of Maritime Studies in six Nigerian universities,
including University of Lagos, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Ibrahim Badamasi
Babangida University, Lapai Niger State, Niger Delta University Amasoma, Bayelsa
State, Anambra State University, Uli and Federal Univerity Kashere, Gombe