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Nigeria to begin export of seafarers -NIMASA boss

Dr Ziakede Akpobolokemi, DG, NIMASA

The Director- General of the Nigerian Maritime
Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Patrick Akpobolokemi, on Thursday
said that Nigeria would soon begin to export seafarers to other countries.

Akpobolokemi spoke with journalists in Abuja a day
after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) granted approval for the operation of
the Nigerian Maritime University.
He said the first full-fledged maritime university
in West Africa was an initiative of NIMASA.
He explained that with the coming on board of the
institution, Nigeria would be saving foreign exchange hitherto being used in
training seafarers abroad.
He also said seafarers trained in the university
would be exported to other countries.
Akpobolokemi said with its permanent site in
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.
 “This formal approval of the licence will
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.
He added that following the licence issued by the
Federal Government, the university was set to commence academic activities at
its fully developed temporary site in Kurutie, also in Warri-South West Local
Government Area.
He recalled that the groundbreaking of the
institution, as well as the NIMASA Shipyard and Dockyard in Okerenkoko, was
conducted by President Goodluck Jonathan in May 2014.
He said his agency had remained committed and
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.
He said the NSDP has over 2,500 beneficiaries in
academic institutions in Egypt, India, Philippines, Romania and the United
Kingdom; a number of whom have since graduated.
He added that his administration had
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

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