Nigeria, Sierra Leone, to partner on maritime capacity building

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Lagos  –   The Sierra-Leone Maritime Administration (SLMA) is to collaborate with the Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on capacity building its personnel for effective State Control and training seafarers.

This is contained in a by NIMASA’s Head Public Relations, Hajia Lami Tumaka, on in Lagos.

According to the , the Chairman of the Board of SLMA, Mr Lansana Dambuya, led a delegation of some Board and of SLMA to NIMASA on a working visit,

He commended NIMASA for its capacity building initiative, saying that it was a model worthy of emulation.

Dambuya said that the SLMA thought it wise to partner with NIMASA, one of the leading Maritime Administrations in Africa, to areas of for the benefit of both countries.

The delegation also canvassed for the endorsement of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NIMASA.

The MoU will give opportunity for the exchange of ideas among staff to only develop their capacities but also further cement the bond between both countries.

The Director-General of NIMASA, Dr.Dakuku , commended SLMA for embarking on the working visit and assured the delegation of NIMASA’s cooperation at all times.

, who was represented by the Director of Maritime Labour , Mrs Juliana Gunwa, stressed the for collaborative efforts in order to ensure the growth and development of the maritime industry in Africa.

Tracing the history of the cordial relationship Nigeria has had with Sierra Leone, the director-general assured the delegation that the Agency would consider their requests and act accordingly for the benefit of both countries.

He urged countries of the Gulf of Guinea to join the fight against rising of piracy in the region.

“We are open more than ever before to and sharing of intelligence on issues relating to piracy and other crimes in order to rid waters of the menace which has clearly become a danger to collective prosperity,” the director-general said.

He welcomed the call for among maritime administrations.

added that they must always cooperate with each other for the benefit of securing the maritime and making it safe and secure for shipping activities to thrive. (NAN)