ABUJA (Sundiata Post) – The newly approved Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State, will save Nigeria billions of dollars spent on scholarships of Nigerians studying abroad, the Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, (NIMASA) Ziakede Patrick Akpobolokemi, has revealed.
Following the licence issued by the Federal Government, the university is now set to commence academic activities at its fully developed temporary site in Kurutie, also in Warri-South West LocalGovernment Area.
“I promise that in a couple of years, Nigeria should be able to export Seafarers to other countries all over the world” he said.
The NIMASA boss said the construction of the university’s infrastructure has commenced and when completed it would be the best, comparable to others in the world.
Akpobolokemi added, “The essence of that school is to bridge the gap between the lower level and upper level so that we will use that as a feeder to the Maritime University so that people do not just come without requisite technical knowledges in both Science and technology related fields into the new university”.
According to him, the institution which is expected to move to its permanent site later
this year, also has one of the best infrastructural facilities.
He also disclosed that NIMASA is also constructing a shipyard which it will jointly manage with the private sector.
“The fabrication work for the dock and other issues are ongoing and when completed this should be able to create jobs opportunities as
Nigeria should be able to produce vessels and we would partner with the private sector to ensure that the shipyard becomes a viable project.”
Akpobolokemi recalled that the groundbreaking ceremony of the institution, as well
as the NIMASA Shipyard and Dockyard in Okerenkoko, was conducted by President Goodluck Jonathan in May, 2014.
He said since he came on board as director-general, NIMASA has also established Institutes of Maritime Studies in six Nigerian universities, including University of Lagos, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai Niger State, Niger Delta University, Amasoma, Bayelsa State, Anambra State University, Uli and Federal Univerity Kashere, Gombe State.
He also disclosed that NIMASA has established its own satellite system that works for 24 hours as part of development of domain awareness.
“This captures any vessel entering or doing any business anywhere on our shores. Gone are those days when people do things without our notice. The radar system is on ground and this is being installed”
“Today as we speak, we have been able to establish the ISPS code to a large extent, but this does not means that we should fold our hands, it is a continuous process” he said adding that the training and Scholarship Programme is ongoing”.