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NIMASA restates commitment to capacity building

L-R: Rep of the
Registrar,  CFRFFN, Ifeayin Joseph , Rep of DG NIMASA and
Director Maritime Labour Services of the Agency, Mrs J.A Gunwa;  Engr. Greg
Ogbeifun , President Shipowners Association of Nigeria (SOAN), Pioneer Rector of
MAN Oron, Engr. Olu Akinsoji and 
Former  Chairman Oil and Gas Free
Zone Authority, Dr. Chris Asoluka During a programme on the youth and the
future of the Nigerian Maritime Industry held in Lagos recently.

The
Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has restated its
commitment to the development of maritime capacity for the growth of the nation’s
maritime sector.

The
Director General of the Agency, Dr. Dakuku Peterside said this in Lagos while delivering
a paper titled “NIMASA’s Efforts Towards Human Capacity Development in the
Maritime Industry” at a sensitization forum to engender students’ interest
in shipping.

Dr.
Peterside who was represented by the Director of Maritime
Labour Services, NIMASA, Mrs. Juliana Gunwa, said that the Act setting up NIMASA
specifically highlighted the functions of the Agency to include human capacity building
which is evident in the successes recorded in the Nigerian Seafarers
Development Programme (NSDP).

According
to the DG, the NSDP was specially designed to stimulate youths to pick up
careers at sea as a result of the ageing corps of Nigerian seafarers.

He
charged youths to take interest in the opportunities in the maritime industry,
emphasising that the sector provides great prospects for employment generation
and wealth creation.

Peterside
also called on relevant stakeholders to collaborate with the Agency by putting
these young NSDP cadets on board their vessels in order to gain the requisite
sea time.

“The NSDP
was initiated to arrest the dearth of trained seafarers in the Nigerian
Maritime Sector which arose from the liquidation of the Nigerian National
Shipping Line (NNSL).

“The
indigenous shipowners also have to play their role to support the Agency’s
drive to build human capacity”, the DG said.

Also
speaking at the event, the President of the Shipowners Association of Nigeria
(SOAN), Engr. Greg Ogbeifun commended the management of NIMASA led by the Dr. Peterside
saying the DG has made the Agency more vibrant.

He
praised the Agency’s commitment in encouraging youths who are the future of the
Nigerian maritime industry.

The one
day programme which was organised by Platform Communications tagged “The
Youths and the Future of Nigeria’s maritime industry” to commemorate the
Children’s Day celebration is aimed at exposing the youths to the opportunities
available in the maritime industry.

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