The Honorable Minister of Transport, AlhajiÂ Yusuf Suleman has commended the Management of the Nigerian MaritimeÂ Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, forÂ the successful completion and putting to use the Nigerian MaritimeÂ Resource Development Center, NMRDC, located in Kirikiri area of Lagos.
The Minister who made the commendation after carrying out a facility tour of the Center, said that the NIMASA Management is on the right path adding that if they continue, the goals of the visionaries of theÂ Nigerian Maritime Resource Center will be achieved in the not too distant future.
In his words, â€œhaving been part of the original plan and design of this project, I am really impressed on the progress of work which is now near completion. I congratulate all those who have been part of this project and hope it will truly serve the Nigerian maritime industryâ€ he said.
While restating his commitment to completing the entire project before May 2011, The Honorable Minister advised stakeholders in the maritime sector across the sub region to take advantage of the facilities located within the complex to improve on their competencies.
Alhaji Suleman alsoÂ commended the partnership betweenÂ NIMASA and the Nigerian NavyÂ which has enhanced theÂ effective monitoring of the nations coastal waters via the successful implementation of theÂ Automated Identification System, (AIS) and the Long Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT)Â system.
The Managing Director of theÂ Nigerian Ports Authority, Malam Mohammed AbdulsalamÂ who was also on the Ministerâ€™s entourage, noted that incorporating the radio room on theÂ control towers at the nations seaport will also enhance security at the ports.
Facilities inspected by the Honourable Minister included the Regional Maritime Rescue Coordination Center, the Administrative Block, Multipurpose Hall, Lecture theatre, Library Complex, the Search and Rescue Helipad and the 48 room Guest House. All the facilities are located within the premises of the Resource Development Center.
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