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NIMASA DG reaffirms need for skilled manpower to grow Nigeria’s maritime industry


 NIMASA DG, Dr. Dakuku Peterside (middle)
with the US Commercial Counsellor Mr. Richard Ryan (left), Faculty of the
Texas Southern University (TSU), Houston and the Senior Vice President of the
West Gulf Maritime Association, Mr. Niels Aalund (behind DG) during the DG’s
visit to the TSU, Houston

The Director General (DG) of the Nigerian
Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has
reiterated the need for skilled manpower to steer the development of the
Nigerian maritime industry.

The DG said this when he led a delegation
to a meeting with the United States Commercial Service, West Gulf Maritime
Association and the Texas Southern University, Houston at the University’s
campus recently.
Peterside said the Nigerian market had
huge potentials including the vast coastline and huge population and called for
greater collaboration with Nigeria’s international partners to grow skilled
indigenous manpower for the development of the Nigerian maritime industry.
He expressed confidence that the maritime
industry was capable of taking over from oil as the country’s highest revenue
Peterside  said the NIMASA would need the expertise of
the Texas Southern University in shore based technical training of maritime
sector personnel to improve on its capacity to regulate maritime activities in
Nigeria and stimulate the necessary growth the sector requires.
While calling on members of the West Gulf
Maritime Association to take advantage of the potentials in the Nigeria
maritime industry to invest in the sector, the DG assured them of the Agency’s
commitment to effectively end the scourge of piracy in Nigerian waters as well
as regulate the sector for the economic prosperity of all stakeholders.
Earlier in a welcome address, the
Commercial Counsellor in the US Embassy in Nigeria, Mr Richard Ryan assured the
Director General of the cooperation of the Embassy saying the Embassy will
forge closer commercial ties with the Agency to grow the maritime sector in
Officials of the university who took turns
to brief the delegation, offered technical cooperation in the areas of capacity
building, ICT based Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR).

They also briefed the delegation on
technical cooperation to provide assistance with the development of Electronic
Cargo Tracking Systems (ECTS) to reduce revenue leakages to the government.
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