FOLLOWING the commitment of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, to ensure that all beneficiaries of the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP) conclude their programme by getting the mandatory sea-time training, the agency has concluded plans to send another batch of 200 cadets for sea time.
NIMASA’s Director General, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, who gave this indication when he addressed a group of NSDP beneficiaries that came to the agency’s head office to express concerns over the fate of some them that are yet to get the sea-time training, noted that NIMASA is doing all it can to ensure all those who graduated in the scheme are duly enrolled on ocean-going vessels within the shortest possible time.
He also assured that in addition to the over 600 Cadets who have benefitted so far from the sea time training, the Agency is working hard to ensure that another batch of not less than 200 Cadets are enrolled between now and the first quarter of 2019.
“Sea-time training is your right and I assure you that none of you will be denied the mandatory sea-time training. On our part, we value human capacity development, which is the hallmark of any economy that will thrive; hence we will not rest on our oars until we see you succeed”, he declared.
Peterside explained that the Agency is in discussions with some foreign institutions to place seafarers on board ocean-going vessels and that in no distant time more cadets will be placed on board for their sea-time training.