November 2, 2017

NIMASA advocates Charter status for Nigeria Institute of Shipping

vessels, Nigeria

* Mor Prosperity; one of the two newly acquired vessels by Morlap Shipping Company.

By Godwin Oritse
HE Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, has called for the quick passage of the bill seeking to make the Nigerian Institute of Shipping, NIS, a chartered institute.

Speaking at the 2017 induction ceremony of the NIS, the Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, said the agency will support the institute to become chartered as soon as possible.

Peterside noted that besides assisting NIS to push for its charter status, the agency will also ensure that the institute gets its rightful position in the maritime industry. He explained that working in the shipping sub-sector is knowledge based and urged practitioners to constantly seek knowledge that will grow the industry.

Similarly, President of the Institute, Mr. John Egesi, said that professional training of practitioners in the industry have been intensified adding that the institute has also created stronger ties with shipping firms terminal operators and operators in neighbouring countries.

Egesi explained that before now, Nigerians travelled abroad to acquire knowledge on shipping adding that the institute has been able to produce locally qualified shipping practitioners in various fields of maritime endeavour.

While lamenting that the institute has been seriously constrained by lack of funds, Egesi said the institute has succeeded in repositioning maritime education and training in Nigeria. He added that “in pursuit of this, we have intensified our professional training programmes. Unfortunately, this situation has not abetted because members simply failed to heed to our relentless appeals to pay their dues, through which all professional bodies carry out their functions.

“This can also be linked with the national recess in the shipping industry which has affected our members in meeting up with their financial obligation especially those that lost jobs as a result of downsizing in various establishments across the nation.”