- Collaboration Between Navy, Agency Inevitable –Says FOC
The Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA),
Dr. Bashir Jamoh, has said that the Agency
would assist in accreditation of professional courses offered by the Nigerian Navy.
According to him, the Agency would also facilitate attainment of International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch-keeping for Seafarers (STCW) status for the Nigerian Navy’s training institutes.
The NIMASA boss made these details known when the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Naval Training Command, Rear Admiral Kamarudeen Lawal, visited the Agency’s headquarters, in Lagos.
DrJamoh spoke in response to the requests by Lawal, who said collaboration between the Nigerian Navy and NIMASA is not only
required for success of the country’s maritime goals, but also inevitable.
The Director General said, “NIMASA is all for anything that would enhance safety, security in our waters and promote shipping. This is in line with our mandate. We would support and advance courses geared towards maximising our maritime potential.
“Our maritime training institutions and courses have their basis in International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch-keeping for Seafarers. We would help the Nigerian Navy obtain the STCW status for its training bodies and facilitate accreditation of its programmes, on purpose to advance our common goal of maritime safety and security.”
Taking cognisance of the need to maintain International Maritime Organisation (IMO) standards, Jamoh said NIMASA would study the training curriculum of the Nigerian Navy.
He emphasised the need for training and retraining of naval personnel to improve their capability, especially, in respect of the Navy’s leading role in Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure (the Deep Blue Project), which is domiciled in NIMASA.
Earlier, the FOC said the visit was in view of NIMASA’s critical role in the maintenance of standards and safety in the country’s maritime environment. He said the relationship between Nigerian Navy and NIMASA led to improved maritime safety and security in Nigerian waters.
Lawal commended efforts by NIMASA to ensure safety and standards in the maritime environment.
“This makes collaboration between the Command and NIMASA desirable, inevitable,” Lawal stated.
“In order to achieve this objective, the Command desires further assistance and collaboration with NIMASA in the area of certification for International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers,” he added.
Lawal also requested Jamoh to facilitate accreditation of their professional courses through collaborative efforts with the Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN), Oron.”
Pictures taken during the visit below :
Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh (right), and Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Naval Training Command, Rear Admiral Kamarudeen Lawal, during a visit by the FOC to the NIMASA headquarters in Lagos.