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Hope For Nigeria To Be A Major Future Global Maritime Player Brightens

By Stephen Ubanna 

  Worried that Nigerian students at secondary school appear not interested in Maritime studies in order to take up jobs in the nations’s maritime setor, Bashir Jamoh, Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety agency,NIMASA, have taken the drive for maritime capacity building to schools in order to catch them young..

 A s  a prelude to catching them young in order to rekindle their interest  to maritime studies,  Jamoh, the NIMASA, Director General, was said to have visited Premier Academy School, Lugbe, in Abuja, the Federal apital Territory, FCT, as part of efforts to mark this year’s Children’s Day . The NIMASA boss was said to have    donated educational materials to the school as part of the agency Corporate Social Responsibility. Items donated to the school by the Maritime Regulatory agency books,computers and branded T-shirts.

Many would want the NIMASA boss to extent his commitment ‘’to capacity building in the maritime industry, to secondary schools in the country which are a good place to begin the awareness Campaign’’.

He was said to have advised the Lugbe students, especially those in the sciences, ‘’to show more interest in maritime studies and  other related careers. He may have given the students the advice ‘’given the increasing role of maritime in Nigeria’s economic diversification effort’’. He may have gladdened the heart of the students when he said the country’s current Cabotage regime had opened up many opportunities in maritime for indigenous investors and professionals.

Perhaps to support the students, particular, the science students in their education to show interest in Maritime studies, the NIMASA Chief Exeecutive officer, CEO, was said to have  announced ‘’the setting up of an endowment seat and scholarships for best students from the Lugbe  secondary school visited and willing to study maritime related courses in tertiary institutions. He was said to have made it clear to the students that ‘’the Agency was willing to train such students in Nigeria and abroad’’.

Jamoh said in pursuit of NIMASA’s mandate to build capacity in the maritime industry, it was necessary to let students know the careers in the sector. “From time to time, we do visit schools and, as you are aware, we have a number of tertiary institutions in the six geo-political zones we are funding in terms of maritime education,” he stated.

He added, “When it comes to capacity building it is very important to have a very good foundation from secondary schools before you go to tertiary institution.”The Director General said the Children’s Day celebrations presented a good opportunity to talk to students on the opportunities in the maritime industry.

He talked about the Federal Government’s resolve to ensure safety and security in the country’s waters, saying, “We are trying to get it right through the Deep Blue project that will be launched soon by President Muhammadu Buhari.We are now going out in full force to make sure we avert or stop this issue of maritime insecurity.”He disclosed that there had been improvements in maritime security in the country since the deployment of assets under the Deep Blue Project began some months ago.

Many would want the NIMASA boss to extent his commitment ‘’to capacity building in the maritime industry, to secondary schools in the country which are a good place to begin the awareness Campaign’’.

He was said to have advised the Lugbe students, especially those in the sciences, ‘’to show more interest in maritime studies and  otherrelated careers. He may have given the students the advice ‘’given the increasing role of maritime in Nigeria’s economic diversification effort’’. He may have gladdened the heart of the students when he said the country’s current Cabotage regime had opened up many opportunities in maritime for indigenous investors and professionals.

Perhaps to support the students, particular, the science students in their education to show interest in Maritime studies, the NIMASA Chief Exeecutive officer, CEO, was said to have  announced ‘’the setting up of an endowment seat and scholarships for best students from the Lugbe  secondary school visited and willing to study maritime related courses in tertiary institutions. He was said to have made it clear to the students that ‘’the Agency was willing to train such students in Nigeria and abroad’’.

Jamoh said in pursuit of NIMASA’s mandate to build capacity in the maritime industry, it was necessary to let students know the careers in the sector. “From time to time, we do visit schools and, as you are aware, we have a number of tertiary institutions in the six geo-political zones we are funding in terms of maritime education,” he stated.

He added, “When it comes to capacity building it is very important to have a very good foundation from secondary schools before you go to tertiary institution.”The Director General said the Children’s Day celebrations presented a good opportunity to talk to students on the opportunities in the maritime industry.

He talked about the Federal Government’s resolve to ensure safety and security in the country’s waters, saying, “We are trying to get it right through the Deep Blue project that will be launched soon by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“We are now going out in full force to make sure we avert or stop this issue of maritime insecurity.”He disclosed that there had been improvements in maritime security in the country since the deployment of assets under the Deep Blue Project began some months ago.

Many would want the NIMASA boss to extent his commitment ‘’to capacity building in the maritime industry, to secondary schools in the country which are a good place to begin the awareness Campaign’’.

He was said to have advised the Lugbe students, especially those in the sciences, ‘’to show interest in maritime studies and  other related careers. He may have given the students the advice ‘’given the increasing role of maritime in Nigeria’s economic diversification effort’’. He may have gladdened the heart of the students when he said the country’s current Cabotage regime had opened up many opportunities in maritime for indigenous investors and professionals.

Perhaps to support the students, particular, the science students in their education to show interest in Maritime studies, the NIMASA Chief Executive officer, CEO, was said to have  announced ‘’the setting up of an endowment seat and scholarships for best students from the Lugbe  secondary school visited and willing to study maritime related courses in tertiary institutions. He was said to have made it clear to the students that ‘’the Agency was willing to train such students in Nigeria and abroad’’.

He noted that in pursuit of NIMASA’s mandate to build capacity in the nation’s maritime industry, it was necessary to let the students know the careers in the sector. “From time to time, we do visit schools and, as you are aware, we have a number of tertiary institutions in the six geo-political zones that we are funding in terms of maritime education,”.

It was not surprising why he had said that “When it comes to capacity building it is very important to have a very good foundation from the secondary schools before going into a tertiary institution.” He had told the students that the Children’s Day celebrations presented a good opportunity to talk to students on the opportunities in the maritime industry

.He was said to have also talked about President Muhammadu Buhari, a retired Army General’s efforts” to ensure the safety and security in the country’s waters”, expressing its detrmination to get it right through the Deep Blue project that will be launched soon by the Nigerian president.“We are now going out in full force to make sure we avert or stop this issue of insecurity in Nigerian waters and the Gulf of Guinea, popular, GOG.”

Despite the rumour making the rounds that foreign ocean going vessels dread coming into Nigria waters because of activities of Pirates and sea robbers, he had informed the students that there was no cause to worry about it as there had been improvements in maritime security in the country since the deployment of assets under the Deep Blue Project began some months ago.

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