|The Minister of Transportation, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi|
support for a partnership with the Association of Marine Engineers and
Surveyors (AMES) on the training of a younger generation of marine engineers
and surveyors who are equipped to man vessels within and outside Nigeria’s territorial
Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi made this pledge in a keynote address he delivered at
the 2 Maritime Technical Summit with the theme “
Ship Operations in Nigeria: Policy, Technical, Financial Challenges and Solutions”
organized by AMES in Lagos on Tuesday.
Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Amaechi noted
that government would always rely on members of the association for the
technical expertise for the industry to thrive.
shipping. That is why as a Ministry, we will continue to give very serious
attention to issues of safety and the general development of the industry.
those structures that you see are designed by people like Engr. Charles Uwadia
and co., the structures that you see in fact begins with a vision of the kind
of ship that you want to build, they put pen on paper and begin to carry out a
design and throughout the life of a vessel, they will continue to play key role
ensuring that the vessel is safe to convey our goods. Till the end of the life
of a vessel, they will continue to play a role. That is why we said that they
are the very heart of a vessel.”
invest in the industry because of the inherent potentials to create employment
for the people adding that in all of these, government would be relying on the
technical expertise of Nigerian engineers and surveyors.
Engineers and Surveyors to groom our manpower needs for the industry. Let me
take advantage of this speech to particularly commend the Association of Marine
Engineers and Surveyors, they have been extremely supportive of the
transformations we are championing in the industry. When we decided that we are
going to reposition MAN Oron, they were determined to support it in terms of
the curriculum, in terms of looking at the entire development of MAN Oron and
we want to publicly commend them.
Agency, we have relied on their advice and on their counsel and they have not
failed us, I am sure you have noticed significant impact of their advice, of
their counsel and their support to the transformation of the Nigerian Maritime
Administration and Safety Agency and I want to say that moving ahead, we will
continue to work closely with the Association of Marine Engineers and
Agency and other indigenous players to continue to patronize the Association of
Marine Engineers and Surveyors because I can beat my chest based on information
at my disposal that we have some of the best engineers and surveyors in the
continent of Africa.”
had introduced a number of initiatives to spur the industry and ensure
Nigerians maximize benefits from the industry naming some of the initiatives to
include efforts to strengthen the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety
Agency which he said is work in progress.
intervention in setting up a national fleet committee. We got the approval of
the Federal Executive Council to do a performance audit of all maritime
agencies be it the Nigerian Ports Authority, the Nigerian Maritime Administration
and Safety Agency, Shippers’ Council, MAN Oron and the rest of them.
industry is as good as the regulatory agencies that play a role in her
evolution, that we can’t strengthen the industry if the regulatory agencies are
not performing optimally and for regulatory agencies to perform optimally, we
all must agree and set for them a roadmap on how to accomplish their mandates.
Authority to develop a Port Development Master plan but in all of these
initiatives, no one is dearer to our hearts than the human capacity element of
the industry. We have continued to encourage the Nigerian Maritime
Administration and Safety Agency to invest in the grooming of young engineers
and surveyors and to take advantage of very experienced professionals around to
raise a successor generation of marine engineers and surveyors and it is
beginning to yield result.
trained the first 289 young cadets who graduated from the NSDP scheme to do
their sea time onboard vessels in Egypt and in Europe and this will be the
first time that will be happening in organized manner.
in order to ensure that we provide for all our cadets the bigger future so that
in the next few years we will have Nigerians who are equipped to man vessels
within our territorial waters and outside our territorial waters,” he said.