NIMASA to post 500 seafarers on sea-time training
.Supports Maritime Academy on capacity building
By Udeme Clement
The Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside has said that not fewer than 500 seafarers would be posted on various vessels to undergo their mandatory sea-time training by January 2019.
Peterside explained that the training would be coordinated under the National Seafarers Development programme, in order to enhance greater productivity in the maritime industry.
The NIMASA boss stressed that the training becomes imperative, as a step in the right direction towards ships acquisition in the sector.
His words, “We are going to place as many as 500 of our seafarers cadets on various vessels to acquire sea-time training”.
He added, “At the centre of every vessel are human beings who steer the vessel from one location to another. Therefore, without seafarers we cannot get it right in the maritime sector of our economy”.
The NIMASA DG emphasised, “We are also supporting the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, to grow the industry’s human capacity and to make it a world-class institution, capable of producing graduates who can compete favourable with their counterparts anywhere in the world”.