June 15, 2021

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NIMASA collaborates with Nigeria Navy to boost officers capacity

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LEFT” Rear Admiral Kamarudeen Lawal, Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Naval Training Command, Dr. Bashir Yesufu Jamoh, Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA)

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has agreed to a memorandum of understanding to build capacity in human capital for the Nigerian Navy.

NIMASA DG, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, made this when he played host to the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Naval Training Command, Rear Admiral Kamarudeen Lawal, at his office in Lagos.

Dr. Jamoh said NIMASA would assist in the accreditation of professional courses offered by the Nigerian Navy.

He said further that the Agency would also facilitate the attainment of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watch-keeping for Seafarers (STCW) status for the Nigerian Navy’s training institutes.

Dr Jamoh statements were response to the solemn request for collaboration made by the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Naval Training Command, Rear Admiral Kamarudeen Lawal.

Students of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN), Oron, Cross Rivers state

Jamoh explained that “NIMASA is all for anything that would enhance safety and security in our waters and promote shipping. This is in line with our mandate. We would support and advance courses and causes geared towards maximizing our maritime potential”, he assured.

The NIMASA helmsman promised that the agency “would help the Nigerian Navy obtain the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watch-keeping for Seafarers (STCW) status for the Nigerian Navy’s training institutes”.

Jamoh added that apart from the promise to assist in the attainment of STCW status for the Navy training bodies, he through NIMASA would also facilitate the accreditation of the Nigerian Navy’s programs on purpose to advance the federal government’s common goal of maritime safety and security.

The DG said NIMASA management would study the training curriculum of the Nigerian Navy with cognizance of the need to maintain the International Maritime Organization (IMO) standards.

He reiterated the need for training and retraining of naval personnel to improve their capability, especially, in respect of the Navy’s leading role in the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure (the Deep Blue Project), which is domiciled in NIMASA.

However, the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Naval Training Command, Rear Admiral Kamarudeen Lawal, also requested Jamoh to, “facilitate the accreditation of our (the Nigerian Navy) professional courses through collaborative efforts with the Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN), Oron.”

By-: Ayoola Olaitan

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