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NIMASA Reaffirms Commitment to Sea Time Training for Nigerian Cadets

               … Signs MOU with Maritime Academy of India

Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA)
Dr. Dakuku Peterside and 
TMC Shipping Pvt. Limited and
the Maritime Academy of India, 
Neeraj Kumar displaying the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between NIMASA
and the Maritime Academy of India for o
sea time training of some graduates of the Nigerian Seafarers Development
Programme (NSDP) at the Headquarters of the Agency in Lagos.

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has
restated its commitment to partnerships with international institutions for sea
time training of Nigerians under the 
Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP).

Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku
Peterside, said this in the week in Lagos during the signing of 
a Memorandum of Understanding between the Agency and the Maritime
Academy of India for o
n-board sea time
training of some graduates of the programme.

Dakuku said the MoU covered the training of 60 cadets in three batches
of 20 each.  
This MOU
will help reduce the amount of cadets awaiting sea-time by clearing up the
first 60 of the backlog in three batches of 20 each,”
 he stated.
He congratulated
the 20 trainees under the first batch of the scheme and tasked them to be
dedicated, disciplined, and committed to making the best use of the opportunity
to develop themselves and aid national development.
“We are proud that
you will be joining the global merchant fleets. Be sure to represent Nigeria
positively,” the DG told the trainees. 

“We are determined to get all of your
mates the much needed sea-time. Under the current leadership of NIMASA, we are
working very hard to provide sea-time for all that have gone through our NSDP,”
he added.
He expressed
NIMASA’s determination to explore and use appropriate avenues to ensure that
Nigerian seafarers got the right exposure and training to excel in the global
maritime space, saying in the near future Nigeria would be a supplier of qualified
seafarers to the rest of the world.
Dakuku said the Agency was in negotiation with other academies
access to ocean going training vessels in countries, like Turkey and United Kingdom, among others, to secure
sea time for Nigerians. 

He said he wanted to replicate in Nigeria the progress
recorded under similar partnerships in countries, like Philippines, in the area
of providing seafarers to the international market.
The Maritime Academy of India was represented at the MoU signing
ceremony by Managing Director, 
Shipping Pvt. Limited and the maritime Academy, 
Neeraj Kumar.
In his remarks, Kumar appreciated
NIMASA’s effort to develop the seafarers and commended the NSDP
TMC is India’s leading
maritime education, training and recruitment company.
NIMASA has trained
about 2000 Nigerians under the NSDP scheme, with many cadets at various stages
of completion of the programme.
The Agency is tackling the issue of sea-time
training for the cadets through full sponsorship, in partnership with some
international institutions that have access to ocean going training vessels.
Some cadets have
done their on-board sea time training under the first phase of the NIMASA
fully-sponsored sea time training programme, facilitated alongside the Arab
Academy of Science, Technology and Marine Transportation in Alexandria, Egypt.
On-board training for another set of cadets was facilitated by the South
Tyneside College, UK. 

The Agency has also trained some Nigerians under a
partnership with universities in The Philippines.

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