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250 cadets to get sea time, others as NIMASA pushes for capacity development

Some 250 cadets are to gain sea time and other skills through a training opportunity created for them by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

This is said to be in line with NIMASA’s mandate of developing capacity for the Nigerian maritime industry and in keeping with one of the three performance pillars of the director-general, Bashir Jamoh, known as Shipping Development.

Ubong Essien, special assistant on communication and strategy, who represented the NIMASA DG at a media parley at the Agency’s Eastern Zonal office in Port Harcourt, noted that Jamoh had at the inception of his administration in March 2020 outlined a Triple ‘S’ agenda of Maritime Security, Maritime Safety and Shipping Development.

He added that the NIMASA boss was committed to ensuring that adequate capacity for the industry was built to ensure economic prosperity through the maritime domain.

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According to him, while some of the cadets were due for sea-time training, others would undergo the mandatory Certificate of Competency (CoC) and will be trained in the Philippines, UK and Romania. According to the Agency, these 250 cadets represent just the first of three batches planned for future training.

Sources in the maritime industry had over the years bemoaned the marginalization of Nigerian cadets due to low sea time and other certifications which can only be acquired by working on sea-going vessels. Other nations expose their cadets and thus win jobs around the world and excel ahead of Nigeria. Now, NIMASA has moved to do same for Nigerian cadets.

Also present at the parley was the chief host, the Eastern Zonal coordinator and director, Sani Audu, who encouraged the media to engage more with the agency at the zonal level in order to educate the Nigerian public on some of the major interventions of the zone.

Some of the critical areas of intervention he suggested include removal of water hyacinth to ensure safer navigational channels for ships and vessels.

Another area of focus, according to the zone, is marine litter and plastics-clearing for the restoration of the cleanness of the waters in the zone at various hotspot locations, such as Okutukutu in Yenagoa, Port Harcourt to Bonny axis, Otamiri-Nworie River in Imo State, Epie-Oxbow creek in Yenagoa, Otubhi-Elebele Ogbia, Idundu-Calabar axis in Cross River and Ikot Abasi in Akwa Ibom.

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