…work begins in Okerenkoko October
By Davies Iheamnachor
PORT HAR-COURT— Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, yesterday, said that the Federal Government will revisit the establishment of Maritime University at Okerenkoko in Delta State and six others across the country.
Peterside, who made the disclosure at INTELS, Onne Port, in Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State at the 2017 Seafarers’ Day tagged, ‘Seafarers Matter,’ said that the maritime universities will help in the training and retraining of seafarers, adding that work will start in Okerenkoko in October.
He said: “The government is revisiting the establishment of the Maritime University at Okerenkoko for the training of seafarers. We will commence in October. Permit me to state that the establishment of the Maritime University at Okerenkoko, Delta State and other institutes for maritime studies in six universities across the country, is a sustainable effort by the agency towards building the requisite capacity for the industry.”
He added that the agency had given priority to the development of human capacity through multi-strategy approaches which would encourage graduates to take up career at sea.
He noted that as part of support for seafarers in Nigeria, NIMASA had facilitated the training of over 2,259 young Nigerians in maritime studies in several renowned maritime universities across the globe.
Peterside said that the agency as a maritime regulatory body was committed to the full implementation of the International Labour Organisation’s Maritime Labour Convention, MLC 2006, for the well being of seafarers, adding that the Cabotage Act is already undergoing review by the National Assembly.
According to him, the Cabotage Act under review would take care of all the grey areas in the application, processing and granting of waiver to favour Nigerian seafarers as it concerns employment and specialised training.