Nigeria To Export Seafarers Soon- NIMASA

Spread the love

By Aisha Cole
Lagos –   The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on Wednesday in Lagos said beneficiaries of the Nigerian Seafarers’ Development Programme (NSDP) would obtain their Certificate of Competency (CoC) by undergoing requisite sea time training

A statement by the Head, Corporate Communications of NIMASA, Mr Isichei Osamgbi, noted that the Director- General, Dr Dakuku Peterside, said this during a tour of the agency’s Eastern Zonal offices by the Governing Board of NIMASA.

He said that this would qualify the youth for global shipping; for Nigeria to export seafarers; and to earn foreign exchange.

Peterside said the agency had made provisions for the mandatory sea time for the NSDP graduates in its 2017 budget proposals.

According to him, this will qualify hundreds of the candidates for the international labour market soon.

Peterside restated the agency’s commitment toward building capacity for the maritime sector, thereby ensuring that seafarers and dockworkers received the best of training across the globe.

He said NIMASA “is in the process of fortifying the NSDP programme in order for Nigeria to begin to export seafarers and earn the much needed foreign exchange.’’

Related Story:  Maritime stakeholders demand access roads to Lekki port

The director-general said the challenge had always been the mandatory sea time training which the agency was tackling headlong.

“We have made adequate provision for sea time training in our 2017 budget proposal.

“About 2,500 graduates of the NSDP programme will be assisted to get trained on sea-going vessels for their mandatory sea time.

“We have concluded arrangements for the first batch to be sponsored in order to expand their chances of job placement on board ocean-going vessels.

“With this, our youths will obtain the Certificate of Competency (CoC) which places an opportunity for them to earn dollars along with their contemporaries internationally,’’ the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quotes Peterside as saying.

He said the agency “is about to begin the process of training about 800 dockworkers’’.

“These workers are the helping hands in the port and need specialised trainings which has not been done in recent past,’’ NAN quotes him as saying.

Related Story:  Maritime Workers suspend strike

Peterside said the capacity building initiatives were geared toward ensuring that in the nearest future, the country would be able to export seafarers and have more Nigerians on ocean-going vessels.

He said countries like India and Philippines enhanced their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) from the activities of the human elements of the maritime sector.

The director-general said Nigeria should be able to tap into this opportunity for economic advancement.

NAN reports that NIMASA initiated the NSDP programme in 2009 to curb the dearth of trained and certified seafarers, which is a global challenge recognised by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

The training is in conformity with the Standards of Training and Watch-Keeping (STCW), otherwise called Manila Convention.

The beneficiaries of the NSDP graduated from reputable maritime institutions globally.

The graduates studied various courses such as; Marine Engineering, Nautical Science and Naval Architecture, among other maritime-related courses.

Spread the love

Leave a Reply

Sundiata Post Media Ltd.

Address: 3rd Floor Office Suite, Bayelsa State Guest House, Plot 1038, Shehu Shagari Way, Maitama, Abuja, Nigeria.
Tel: 08033083361, 08094208271 and 092900705
Whatsapp: 08053069436

Enugu Regional Office: SW 1 New Haven Shopping Mall, Enugu, Enugu State, Nigeria.
Tel: +234(0)7062582838

London Office: 18 Belgrave Avenue, Wd18 7UE, Watford, United Kingdom.
Tel: +447417554143
Dubai Office: PAU Management Suite, Level 23 - Boulevard Plaza Tower 2, Emaar Boulevard,
P. O. Box 124342, Dubai, UAE.
Tel: +971 4 4096849 | Fax: +971 4 409 6850
About Us

SundiataPost is published by Sundiata Post Media Limited, Sundiata Post is Nigeria’s most authoritative online newspaper and ranks among the top five online news platforms in Nigeria.

Guild of Corporate online publishers
A Glance at Our Advert Rate.

Inside Pages

Size In Pixels - Amount

120×180 - N27,967.50

300×100 - N24,695

Text Link - N11,275

More Details info

About Us | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Advert Rate