Nigeria securing more sea time for cadets despite COVID-19 – Jamoh

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Dr Bashir Jamoh, NIMASA DG

LAGOS (Sundiata Post) – The Nigerian Administration and Agency (NIMASA) has made significant securing sea time berths for cadets trained the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP), despite the limitations of the . Director-General of the Agency, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, disclosed this Lagos following a recent three-month extension granted the 400 Nigerian seafarers undertaking sea time different parts of the world due to the pandemic.

The three-month programme leading to the award of Certificate of Competency (CoC) to beneficiaries, was extended for another three months by NIMASA, the first instance, to enable the seafarers complete training amid the global lockdowns caused by the pandemic.

Jamoh stated that despite the of , the Agency had intensified efforts to secure sea time opportunities for a good number of the trained cadets across the globe.

He stated, “ the first quarter of 2020 alone we secured sea time berths for over 550 cadets various countries for the three months programme leading to the issuance of CoCs. However, due to the pandemic, we extended sponsorship for another three months, which comes with additional cost, and we are still looking to extend it further as we continue to monitor the pandemic and how it affects the programme.”

The NIMASA DG stated that the Agency was in constant touch with Nigerian embassies in the beneficiaries’ host countries as well as the themselves and leaders to monitor situations and guard against anything that could keep them stranded in a foreign country.

“We have adapted approaches to the peculiar conditions of the different countries where we have Nigerian seafarers on sea time training,” Jamoh said, adding, “The feedbacks from the ’ leaders in the various countries have been very encouraging.”

He disclosed that another set of NSDP cadets had been approved for training, but their enrolment was on due to the global pandemic.

Jamoh said the problem of sea time training, which is one of the biggest challenges of seafarers, was gradually being resolved.

The NSDP was initiated by NIMASA in 2008 to with the dearth of trained and certified seafarers in Nigeria. So far the programme has graduated over 2,000 cadets and many of them have undergone sea time and are currently in the employ of various international shipping lines.