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NIMASA encourages capacity building through essay competition

Encouraging youth participation in the maritime sector
is one key reason that the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency
(NIMASA) organises the annual essay competitions as part of the activities to
commemorate the 2019 World Maritime Day.

The Director General of the Agency, Dr. Dakuku
Peterside made this known in a statement at the Agency’s headquarters in Lagos.

Dr. Peterside, who described the youth as the future of
the sector, said that NIMASA would continue to do all it can to encourage them
to pursue careers and investment opportunities in the maritime industry after
He noted that “this is the third edition of the annual
competition specifically designed for students in Nigerian tertiary institutions
in order to stimulate research and scholarship to build their knowledge and
appreciation of the maritime industry”.
The Director General who is also the Chairman of the
African Association of Maritime Administrations (AAMA) observed that massive
investment in the maritime industry will help to create employment, diversify
the nation’s economy and provide additional sources of income beyond crude oil
and its derivatives.
Speaking about the topic and prizes for the winners of
the essay competition, Dr Peterside said that this year’s topic for the essay
competition is “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community” in line with the
theme of the 2019 World Maritime Day celebration. 

He added that the winner
would go home with 500,000 naira educational grant and a laptop while the
winning essay would be published in the NIMASA magazine, The Voyage.
He further disclosed that the 1st and 2nd runners up
would get educational grants worth 350,000 and 250,000 naira respectively as
well as laptops while consolation prizes of 100,000 naira would be given as
educational grants to seven other runners up.
It will be recalled that during the last three years,
NIMASA has organised this essay competition as part of the activities to
celebrate the world maritime day.
In line with the already published guidelines of the
essay competition, only first and second year students of Nigerian tertiary
institutions are eligible to participate in the competition.
The essay of not less than 1,200 words must be
forwarded to wmdessay@nimasa.gov.ng and mail@samuelson.com.ng on or before
September 12, 2019.

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