NIMASA: Peterside Seeks Partnership With America

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LAGOS (Sundiata Post) – In continuation of the drive to reposition the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and establish partnerships for the sustainable growth and development of the Nigerian maritime industry, the agency has called on the United to partner with it in the area of capacity building.
The General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside made this request when he received the Consul General of the United in Lagos, Mr. John Bray at the Agency’s Head Office in Lagos on Thursday.
Dr. Peterside, who acknowledged the long standing relationship between the two countries and other existing bilateral agreements, said the Nigerian would surely need the assistance of the United in the area of technology driven security surveillance as well as human capacity building.
He said the business of shipping is global and having done so well for themselves in this area, can benefit from the experiences of the in order to harness the potentials in the nation’s maritime domain.
“The need for sharing ideas cannot be overstated, because shipping is a global business links economies of the world together and can learn from the experience of the . We are currently repositioning the maritime industry and dream is to be the hub of maritime activities in Africa,” the said.
The NIMASA helmsman also used the opportunity to appeal to the representative to assist in the area of training and recruiting of the Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP) cadets to the USA marine Navy in order to enhance their competency and skills.
Earlier in his remarks, the Consul-General, Mr. John Bray disclosed that they are interested in the status of the co-operation between the two countries and also opportunities available in collaborating together.
While also responding to Peterside’s requests, Mr. Bray expressed the readiness of the to leverage on the already existing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between both countries to collaborate with the Agency and Nigeria at large towards achieving a vibrant and business friendly maritime .
The envoy, who was accompanied by the Adviser in the Consulate, Mr. Nicholas D. Austin commended Peterside for his efforts so far in NIMASA and promised to continue to engage the Agency for a mutually beneficial relationship.