What NIMASA must do now to remain relevant- Mariner

Rear Admiral Godwill Ombo(rtd.), the Deputy Secretary-General of the Society of Nigerian Mariners (SNM), weekend said the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety  Agency (NIMASA) must have its staff audit, to ensure effective service delivery.

Ombo, in an interview in Lagos, said the new Director-General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, should ensure departmental audit in view of performance and relevance to the agency.

A former Flag Officer Commanding, Naval Training, Ombo said that while the initiative would check redundancy, the agency should also embark on staff capacity building through relevant training.

“NIMASA must do an audit of its staff now, so end redundancies.

“The new DG should also gear his focus on training programmes for the staff,  to build their capacity for the job because maritime business is a global one and the standards of operation must be the same,” Ombo said.

Speaking on sea time training for Nigerian cadets, Ombo said the government, through NIMASA, should put to productive use the transporter, MV HORTEN, abandoned on the marina waters.

He said MV HORTEN could be used for training 135 cadets for sea time.
“MV HORTEN can serve the need for sea time training for 135 cadets, for their requisite maritime experience.

“Our cadets study in Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron and other schools at home and abroad. This vessel will help to make their training complete and they can get jobs on any vessel around the world.”