|L-R; Chief Kunle Folarin, Chairman, National Seafarers Board; one of the graduating cadets receiving his award from the Director-General of NIMASA, Ziakede Akpobolokemi, and his wife, Mrs Beauty Akpobolokemi|
|A cross section of the graduating cadets at the event in Lagos on Saturday|
Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has promised
possible job placements for the first batch of graduating cadets from the
Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme(NSDP).
NIMASA, disclosed this while speaking at the dinner reception held for the
students on Saturday at the FourPoints by Sheraton Hotel in Lagos.
for these graduates because when the youths are hungry, there will be trouble.
a peaceful nation,” he said.
graduating students left for the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and
Maritime Transport, Alexandria, Egypt in 2010 to study in Marine Engineering
and Neutical Sciences.
capacity to address the need for local content in vessel manning.
was on course to achieving its plan to create a pool for manpower for the
maritime industry both locally and internationally.
four-year training including sea-time experience which is mandatory for
international standards in seafaring.
talked about sea-time. This programme has the sea-time component because it was
our resolve, and we have given them sea-time training.”
revolution ongoing through its efforts to ensure that many Nigerians work in
the cabotage trade as a way of encouraging the local content in crewing.
Benue States for keying into the programme, and urged other states to do same.
Although it is expensive, but we have resolved to invest in the youths to build
Nigeria,” Akpobolokemi said.
Chairman, National Seafarers Board, said the programme was poised to make the
Nigeria’s maritime industry one of the best in the world.
confidence that there would always be jobs for people who get quality training
in the industry bearing the fact that over 4,500 vessels call at the nation’s
industry will be one of the best. There will also be jobs for these youths
because over 4,500 vessels call at our ports yearly,” Folarin said.
dedicated, adding that their Certificate of Competency had international value.
is key to the development of the economy.
currency which is recognised internationally, “he said.
Faboro expressed gratitude to NIMASA for the training, and requested that they
be assisted to get jobs.
of the nation and we are prepared to serve diligently.
programme, and we should be assisted to get jobs,” he said.
nine were trained in marine engineering while 13 of them trained in nautical