The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has commissioned a skill acquisition centre in Zaria, Kaduna State and a twin lecture theatre donated by the Agency to Kaduna State University.
The skill acquisition centre located in Zaria has electrical, mechanical, sewing, technical, and welding learning facilities for youths and women.
Speaking at the event, Mu’azu Jaji Sambo, the immediate past minister of Transportation, said the projects are part of the legacies of Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to improve education as a basic need for economic development.
He commended Bashir Jamoh-led management of the NIMASA for the initiative.
On his part, Jamoh said that the NIMASA skill acquisition centre is one of the centres located across the country’s six geo-political zones. He also disclosed that higher institutions in all geo-political zones of the country are benefitting from the Agency under her Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects.
“Our desire as an Agency is to ensure young Nigerians acquire skills to make them self-dependent and thus productively engaged. We are also developing such centres in Niger, Lagos, Anambra, Gombe, Bayelsa and Rivers States. This is also aimed at fighting insecurity on land which will have a multiplier effect on security in the maritime domain,” he said.
Meanwhile, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, the former governor of Kaduna State, who was represented by Hadiza Balarabe, his deputy, thanked NIMASA for completing the project in record time.
Ahmad Nuhu Bamalli, Emir of Zazzau, commended NIMASA for citing the project in the Emirate council assuring that the centre will be maintained for the benefit of the people.
Recall that under the leadership of Jamoh, NIMASA has continued to maintain focus on ensuring the Nigerian maritime sector takes its rightful place in the comity of maritime nations. Just recently, the Agency commissioned five enforcement boats, four staff ferries and a world-class Search and Rescue-based clinic, in addition to the commissioning of a permanent building, housing the Agency in Abuja.