The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has reiterated its commitment to the development of maritime capacity for the growth of the Nation’s maritime sector.
The Director General of the Agency, Dr. Dakuku Peterside said this while presenting a paper on “NIMASA’s Efforts Towards Human Capacity Development in the Maritime Industry” at a sensitisation forum organised to engender students’ interest in shipping in Lagos recently.
Dr. Peterside who was represented by the Director of Maritime Labour Services Mrs. Juliana Gunwa explained that the Act setting up NIMASA specifically highlighted the functions of the Agency to include human capacity building which is evident in the successes recorded in the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP.
The NIMASA boss said that the NSDP was specially designed to stimulate youths to pick up careers at sea as a result of the ageing corps of Nigerian seafarers.
He charged youths to take a keener interest in the opportunities in the maritime industry emphasising that the sector provides great prospects for employment generation and wealth creation.
Dr. Peterside also called on relevant stakeholders to collaborate with the Agency by putting these young NSDP cadets on board their vessels in order to gain the requisite sea time.
“The NSDP was initiated to arrest the dearth of trained seafarers in the Nigerian Maritime Sector which arose from the liquidation of the Nigerian National Shipping Line (NNSL). The indigenous shipowners also have to play their role to support the Agency’s drive to build human capacity”, the DG said.
Also speaking at the event, the President of the Shipowners Association of Nigeria (SOAN), Engr. Greg Ogbeifun commended the management of NIMASA led by the Dr. Peterside saying the DG has made the Agency more vibrant.
He praised the Agency’s painstaking commitment in encouraging youths who are the future of the Nigerian maritime industry.
The one day programme which was organised by Platform Communications tagged “The Youths and the Future of Nigeria’s maritime industry” aimed at exposing the youths to the opportunities available in the maritime industry.