‘’Why NIMASA Is Committed To The Nation’s Maritime Industry Development’’- Jamoh

By Stephen Ubanna

More facts have emerged why the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, under the cloe watch of Bashir Jamoh, OFR, and Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas, NLNG, subsidiary, Ship Management Limited, SML, have agreed to train Cadets of the Nigerian Seafarers Development Program, NSDP.

  This is because the NSDP is an intervention programme implemented by NIMASA to develop a pull of Labour for the nation’s maritime industry as obtained in the West African country of Sierra Leone, Asian country of ingapore and other maritime nations across the world.  

The NIMASA, Chief Executive Officer, CEO, who was said to have seen 2023, as a year of new beginnings in the nation’s maritime industry   with the creation of the ministry of Marine and Blue Economy by the present Administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who incidentally was a former governor of Lagos state, the nation’s Commerial centre, had said that it will the country ‘’navigate successfully to steer the maritime sector to greater heights in 2024’’.

This is evident  with the  training of  Cadets of NSDP, Cadets  , which the Maritime Regulatory agency helmsman  had said that Cadets certified  as seafarers in the training program with global recognition  and acceptance , would go a long way to bridge the gap  in the dearth  of seafarers  in Nigeria and globally as well.

 As a prelude to ensuring that Nigeria produce  recognized and acceptable seafarers world-wide,  may have informed why  the agency had   signed an agreement  with NSML, a subsidiary of NLNG, ‘’to facilitate  Certificate of Competency , CoC,  examinations  for beneficiaries  of the NSDP, are recognized and accepted globally.

, Osamgbi,Director Special Duties, Who had represented, Jamoh, DG, NIMASA, Ahmed, Managing Director, NSML, others during the induction Ceremony by NSML for 50 Of NIMASA’s Romania trained NSDP, beneficiaries in Lagos in a Group pix

There is no gain saying the fact that  the , CoC examination’’ is the final stage  of the NSDP  training’’, that would culminate  in the acquisition  of the CoC operating license  which  potentially  opens  the doors of global  employment  opportunities  for the NIMASA and NSML trained NSDP Cades.

The good news is that most of the NSDP Cadets who had been trained based on the NIMASA and NSML working agreement had earlier been sent to India an Asian country, Greece and Belgium, both European countries to be trained as Licensed Deck, Engine Officers, and Naval Architects.

The NIMASA boss had repeated said that that the agency is working closely with countries that are committed to an understanding of mutual recognition of CoC, issued to Nigerian trained seafarers. Only recently, at an induction ceremony  by NSML  for 50 of the agency ‘s Rommania trained  NSDP beneficiaries,   the NIMASA , CEO, who could not hide his feelings had was said to have highlighted   the success  of the collaboration  between the maritime agency and NSML in fostering  the development  of Nigeria seafarers.

Although , the NMASA Director General was conspicuously absent at the induction ceremony in Lagos, but he was  said to have been represented  by Ischei Osamgbi, the agency Director, Special Duties,  who may have spoken his mind   as he noted that  ‘’NIMASA  sincerely  appreciates NSML for their  leadership  and promotion of the country’s local  content on board their vessels.

He confirmed   that a good number of NSDP Cadets trained onboard NSML vessels have been gainfully employed by the company.

Osamgbi, Director,Special Duties,who represented, Jamoh, DG, NIMASA, at the induction ceremony for 50 of the agency’s Romania trained NSDP beneficiaries and others in Lagos in a pix

An elated Jamoh, who spoke through  Osamgbi, the agency Director of Special Duties,  stated that they are sending  another batch of 150 NSDP Romania –trained NSDP Cades  who have concluded their  mandatory onboard  sea training  and are ready  to proceed  for the CoC training and examinations.

He had alluded to the fact that the signing of the partnership agreement with NSML, had resulted in the commencement of the sponsorship of CoC for the first batch of the Romania trained Cadets. He asserted that the Romania trained NSDP Cadets will go a long way in ensuring that all backlogs of Cadets awaiting CoCs are cleared’’.

He was said to have used the opportunity of the induction of the 50 NSDP Cadets  by NSML  to urge other Organisations in the nation’s maritime Industry ‘’to take a cue  from the NSML  and give opportunities  to aspiring  Nigerian  seafarers to acquire  knowledge  and  gain  experiences  to excel in the field.

Magdalene  Ajani,  Permanent Secretary, ministry of Marine and Blue Economy, who was said to have   been represented at the event by Mrs. Ekanen Saila, a Deputy Director from the ministry  noted  that  the collaboration  between NIMASA and NSML was ‘’a welcome  development  and the outcome  of discussions which  have been on for some time’’.

Abdulkadir Ahmed, Managing Director , NSML,  may have gladdened Nigerians’ mind  when he disclosed  that the company  is sponsoring  the 50 of the NSDP Cadets  to  the south Shield Marine  School  in the United Kingdom, UK,  FOR A 12 mont programme to get  their Certificates of competency  required to trade on vessels globally.

He had corroborated what the NIMASA Director General  claims  that the partnership between the parties  was aimed at addressing  the dearth  of Nigerian seafarers  on ocean going vessels  and the need to meet  indigenous  manning requirements  in Coastal and Inland shipping , Cabotage.

He had described the training programme for the NSDP Cadets in UK as ‘’a gold standard in maritime training ‘’, stressing that with the Certificate   of Competencies, ‘’the Cadets will become qualified seafarers and working on any oceangoing vessel globally’’.

Ahmed, the NSML, Managing Director, was said to have told those that cares to listen that the company’s support  in the training of the NIMASA NSDP Cadets  back to back  ‘’ is really  in Coordinating  and ensuring  that they come out with good Certificates  of Competency  and to ensure they have  a career  in the global shipping  maritime sector’’.

He is optimistic that  with  the emerging  transition  in the  shipping and maritime industry , such as in energy  and ecarbonisation , which requires bringing in new technologies , ‘’it is important  that seafarers  in Nigeria  continue to upgrade their skill sets and train  on new technologies to be abreast  of new developments’’.

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