Education biggest instrument for eradicating poverty- NIMASA DG


… As NIMASA donates educational materials to Schools

 Executive Director Finance and Administration NIMASS(Middle) Dr. Bashir Jamoh, 2nd right Sa'adatu Bello Principal, GGSS, Kofar Gayan. 1st right ;Isa Sani Director Science Technology and Vocational Education, Ministry of Education Katsina State representing Dikko College Pilot Katsina. Second Right:Talatu Usman Principal GGDSS Bakura Zamfara State. 1st left: Aliyu Mohammed Mangwabsa Head European languages and chairman college admission committee of Dr. Yusuf Bala Usman Collage Daura, Katsina State in a group photograph after the presentation of school materials by NIMASA to the beneficiary schools in the North East Zone.

The Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has supported education as the only way to eradicating poverty in the country.
Speaking recently in Kaduna where NIMASA donated some educational materials to some schools in the northern zone, Dr. Peterside said the gesture was in support of the Federal Government’s quest to improve the quality of education in the country.

He noted that it was also in continuation of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes initiated by the Agency following the initial intervention for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in twenty states of the federation.

His words: “In June this year we were in Kaduna to donate relief materials for Internally Displaced Persons, but this time, we are here to donate educational materials to schools in the North West Zone, which includes Kaduna, Katsina and Zamfara States. Very soon, similar gesture would be extended to other states of the federation in pursuance of a better education and upgrading the educational standard in the various states.”

Presenting the items to the representatives of the selected schools, the DG, who was represented by the Executive Director, Finance and Administration, of NIMASA  Dr.Bashir Jamoh, told the beneficiaries  that the Agency would vigorously pursue the improvement of educational institutions in the country to prepare our young students for a better future. 

He further said the intervention by the Agency was in compliance with the Federal Government’s directive for government organisations to support its drive towards the enhancement of our educational institutions.

He, therefore, called on other corporate bodies to support this worthy cause as the federal government cannot do it alone.

The DG also said, “NIMASA is a socially responsible citizen. Though our core mandates are principally to regulate and promote shipping activities in Nigeria, we are aware, and also conscious of the plights of Nigerians and those who are in need and do not have the resources to cater for themselves.

“In view of this, the agency decided to donate these items to improve on the desired goal of government to upgrade the quality of education in our institutions. To this end the Agency is carrying out this activity to complement the efforts of government towards increasing the quality of education in the zone.”

Receiving the materials at the venue of the event, Isa Sani, the Director of Science, Technical and Vocational Education, Ministry of Education, Katsina State, who represented Dikko Collage Pilote, Katsina, a beneficiary spoke on behalf of other school representatives, said they were appreciative of the Agency for the magnanimity for the various educational materials donated to them.

He promised that teaching-enhancing tools would be well deployed for the benefit of the students and the schools generally. 

“This gesture will not be forgotten in a hurry, and I urge other agencies to follow the footsteps of NIMASA by lending a hand of fellowship in this regard.  We appreciate and commend NIMASA for this kind intervention and appeal to other organisations to do likewise,” he said.

He further called on all the beneficiaries to ensure the students were properly taught and encouraged them to show interest in the maritime sector as this would give them the opportunity to understand the functions and activities of NIMASA.

He stressed that the maritime sector is full of opportunities and should not be left unexplored.

The educational materials donated include desktop computers, laptops, text books, white boards, scientific calculators, note books, writing materials amongst several others.

It is worthy of note that the Federal Government has consistently encouraged philanthropists and non-governmental organisations to partner with government in order to improve funding and quality of education in Nigeria.

 It is in line with such that the Management of NIMASA embarked on the provision of the educational materials.

The beneficiary schools include Dr. Yusuf Bala Usman Collage, Daura, Katsna State, Dikko Collage Pilot katsina, Government Girls Secondary School, Bakura, Zamfara State and Government Girls Secondary School, Kofar Gayan Zaria, Kaduna State.