NIMASA wants more funding for maritime University
.Lauds FG’s support on grants
By Udeme Clement & Faith Idem
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, wants more funding for maritime University in the country, in order for the Institution to achieve its intended purpose of boosting capacity building in the sector.
The Director General of NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside made this known in a chat with newsmen, during the first matriculation ceremony of Nigerian Maritime University, NMU, 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 new intakes.
According to him, NMU needs more funding to cover infrastructure and other challenges confronting the Institution.
Dakuku thanked government for the support given so far to the University.
He enthused, “I am elated right now because this is a fulfillment of a dream.
“You will recall that years ago, precisely in 2013, NIMASA initiated the idea of a Nigerian Maritime University to fill a gap”.
He went on, “We identified the fact that if we want to grow our maritime industry well, we need three important elements, such as the asset, which is the vessel itself, the second is the human capacity and the third is, supporting infrastructure.
“Of these three, the most important is the human element. We also identified the fact that we were lacking in human element to enhance capacity building in the sector.”
He pointed out, “So, to build capacity, we needed our own maritime University. Nigeria is among the leading maritime nation without a maritime university.
“So, today is the fulfillment of that dream. We appreciate the grant given by the Federal Government to support numerous grants given by NIMASA to NMU. However, we need to put more money here because the university is without infrastructure”.