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Sierra Leone Maritime Administration seeks partnership with NIMASA on capacity building


Rep of NIMASA Director General,
Mrs. Juliana Gunwa presenting a souvenir to the Chairman of the Board of Sierra
Leone Maritime Administration (SLMA), Mr. 
Lansana Dambuya, with them is Head of Public
Relations, NIMASA, Hajia Lami Tumaka ,during a working visit of the
SLMA to NIMASA.
The Sierra-Leone Maritime
Administration (SLMA) has solicited the support of the Nigerian Maritime
Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) in the areas of capacity building of
its personnel for effective Port State Control and training of seafarers.

Mr Lansana Dambuya, the Chairman of
the Board of SLMA who led a delegation of some Board Members and Management to
NIMASA on a working visit, commended NIMASA for its capacity building
initiatives saying it was a model worthy of emulation.
The leader of the Sierra Leonean
delegation said that the SLMA thought it wise to partner with NIMASA, one of
the leading Maritime Administrations in Africa and to seek areas of
collaboration for the benefit of both countries.
The delegation also canvassed for
the endorsement of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NIMASA that will
give opportunity for the exchange of ideas among staff to not only develop
their capacities but also further cement the bond between both countries.
Responding, the Director General of
NIMASA Dr. Dakuku Peterside commended SLMA for embarking on the working visit
and assured the delegation of NIMASA’s cooperation at all times.
The DG who was represented by the
Director of Maritime Labour Services, Mrs Juliana Gunwa emphasised the need for
collaborative efforts in order to ensure the growth and development of the
maritime industry in Africa.
Tracing the history of the cordial
relationship Nigeria has had with Sierra Leone, the DG assured the delegation
that the Agency will consider their requests and act accordingly for the
benefit of both countries.
While calling on countries of the
Gulf of Guinea to join the fight against rising cases of piracy in the region,
the DG said, we
are open more than ever before to collaboration and sharing of intelligence on
issues relating to piracy and other crimes in order to rid our waters of this
menace that has clearly become a danger to our collective prosperity.
He welcomed the call for
collaboration among Maritime Administrations saying they must always
co-operate with each other for the benefit of securing the maritime environment
and to making it safe and secure for shipping activities to thrive.

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