By Godfrey Bivbere
Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has stressed its commitment to the development of human capacity in the maritime sector, even as it disclosed that it has commenced placement of cadets onboard Cabotage vessels for the necessary experience.
Disclosing this in Port Harcourt, Director General of NIMASA, Mr Ziakede Patrick Akpobolokemi, noted that the goal of the agency is to facilitate qualitative employment within the Cabotage Regime.
The NIMASA boss who was represented by the agency’s Executive Director in charge of Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, Barr. Callistus Obi at the recently concluded seafarers’ day celebration, appealed to stakeholders in the industry to encourage Nigerian youths to seek careers at sea.
A statement by Isichei Osamgbi stated that Akpobolokemi said the Agency’s investment in the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme, NSDP, and the facilitation of the establishment of institutes of maritime studies in four Nigerian Universities were a clear testament to the commitment to building capacity for the industry.
In his words “the overwhelming interest showed by Nigerian youths in the seafaring profession calls for support from all industry stakeholders in the maritime sector to assist in capacity development, especially in the area of onboard training. We at NIMASA have been placing cadets’ onboard cabotage vessels as part of mandatory requirements for obtaining their Competency Certificates” he stated.
The DG described the submission of Nigeria’s instrument of ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 to the International Labour Organization exactly a week before the celebrations of this year’s day of the seafarers as a testament to NIMASA’s commitment to the welfare of seafarers with an assurance that the Agency is committed to its successful implementation.