Maritime: ‘’NIMASA Takes The Lead In Capacity Building For Others To Follow’’-WMU President

By Stephen Ubanna

 More facts have emerged why the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety agency under the present Management led by Bashir Jamoh, is committed to capacity building. This is informed by the agency desire to develop a world class maritime and to encourage research to enable the nation’s maritime sector reach its full potential. Jamoh,the maritime Regulatory agency Director General may have hit the nail on the head when he said  its commitment to the nation’s maritime capacity development programme was basically ‘’to bridge  the skill gaps in the sector’’.

As a prelude to ensuring that  the agency ‘s capacity building programme was carried out to its logical conclusion,  it had upgraded the Maritime Academy Oron, located in the south-south state of Akwa Ibom, and entered into a working agreement with many tertiary Institutions both within and outside the country for training of Seafarers  and maritime sector  personnel.

One of the Orgnisations that the agency had sealed a deal was  the Nigerian Army  School of  Public Relations  and Information , NASPIRI, which has A.A. Yusuf, an Army Colonel a the Commandant.  The deal was said to have been sealed in 2021, which had informed why the Maritime Regulatory last November sent 50 persons, comprising of maritime Journalists and Public Relations Officers in the nation’s maritime sector on a one day Workshop, which participants had described as very rewarding because of the exposure.

Jamoh: DG,NIMASA: Taking capacity Building To Another Level

The agency may not have stopped on the deal with NASPIRI as it has continued to reach out to Organisations and training Institutions to enhance its Capacity building efforts.  This may have informed why it has renewed its Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with the World Maritime University,WMU, Malmo, Sweden in 2018, to continue from where it had stopped.

 Recall thatDakuku Peterside, the then Director General of NIMASA had said that the MoU with the WMU, would go a long way to help the agency ‘’realise its strategic plans to reposition Nigerian’s maritime sector’’ and turn it into the leading maritime Administration in the African Continent.

It is not surprising why an elated Jamoh had said shortly after the signing of the MoU virtually that ‘’there is no substitute to education’’. The NIMASA Director General had said   that ‘’the  Collaboration  with the WMU would advance  the nation’s maritime interest while addressing  the changing  needs of  the industry based on sustainable capacity development, education, training and capacity building  in order to play a leading  role in developing shipping  in any nation’’.

Jamoh, DG, NIMASA And Doumbia-Henry, WMU President Sign MOU, On Capacity Building

He may have gladdened the heart of Nigerians when he broke the cheery news that the agency has reached the advanced stage in setting up a Regional Maritime Safety and Security Research Centre to enhance research works.  He may have vigorously pursued the development of the Regional maritime Safety and Security centre because he had set maritime Safety, maritime security, and shipping development as his priority programme on assumption of office on March 10, 2020.

According to him,  he Rgional Maritime Safety and Security centre,  will take care  of capacity development  in 25 African countries: Nigeria, Benin Republic, Angola,  Cameroon, CoteIvoire, Democratic Rpublic of Congo,  Zaire, Guiea, Equatorial Guine, Guinea-Bissau, Gabon, Ghana, Togo, SaoTome and Principe, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Burkina Faso, Senegal Gambia, to name but a few.

The NIMASA Chief Excutive Officer, CEO, had  said that graduates  from the WMU,   who are currently in the employ  of th aency  will ‘’serve a researchrs and resource persons, sharing knowledge and hopefully develop a researched based  sustainable  frame to provide solution  to issues of security  in the Gulf of Guinea.

Jamoh, Ofodile And WMU, Officials In A Group Picture, After Signing The MoU, On Capacity Building

Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry,  President of the WMU, who has been playing  a leading role  in developing  capacity  for the maritime industry in the Gulf of Guinea region, according to informed industry stakeholders has continued to so without relenting.

The WMU President had commended Nigerian students who have passed through the Institution and thus welcomed the agreement, stressing that that NIMASA, is one of the first supporters of the  Sweden based maritime University commitment  to the United Nations, UN,  Sustainable  Development  Goals, sdgs.

Hear him: Nigeria leads others follow.  Given Jamoh led NIMASA supports to the WMU, may have encouraged Dumbi-Henry, the President, to announce that the university is ‘’delighted to be associated with the agency and its work which extends beyond national boundaries and have significant effect on the Gulf of Guinea region.

He may have alluded to the deployment of the $195 million maritime security assets procured by the Nigerian government for the Deep Blue project comprising of 16 armoured vehicles for coastal patrol,  17 Fast Interceptor boats,  Tw Special Mission Airrcrafts, Two Special Mission vessels,  Three Special Mission helicopters and four unmanned Aerial vehicles I Nigerian waters and the Gulf of Guinea, which had forced many of the Pirates and kidnappers out of business.

Describing it as a ‘’successful and warm relationship’’, between NIMASA and WMU, he stated that ‘’ it is a perfect example of international Cooperation and Sustainable growth’’.  I look forward to a fruitful outcome of our Collaborative efforts as articulated in the MoU, and based on the principles  of equity,  reciprocity and mutual benefit, he further remarked.

Edward Osagie, an Assistant Director, in the agency Public Relations Department  had said that the MoU,  provides for maritime education,  training, research and capacity building  for staff of NIMASA with at least  ten  officials  funded  annually  by the agency  to study  at the Sweden based WMU to be awarded  MSc  in Maritime affairs on Completion of their programme.

The NIMASA spokesperson further disclosed that under the agreement, the agency will sponsor at least one staff per year to study   in the WMU/IMLI MPhil programme in International Maritime Law and Ocean policy.

He further disclosed that the agreement between NIMASA and the WMU, provides for the Mamo maritime University ‘’to develop and organize short-term, specialized Executive Proffessional Development Course, EPDCs, for  the agency staff.      

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