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NIMASA putting nigeria firmly on the maritime map

Article - November 21, 2012
Anyone interested in Nigeria becoming a prominent maritime nation should have faith in the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA)
When this Agency was established in 2006 from the merger of the National Maritime Authority and Joint Maritime Labour Industrial Council, it was a landmark moment in the African state’s history. Since its foundation, NIMASA has always tried to prioritise Nigeria’s place at the top of the maritime agenda. It strives at all times to achieve safe, secure shipping, cleaner oceans and enhanced maritime capacity.

Ziakede Patrick Akpobolokemi, Director General, spoke about his desire to leave a mark where government institutions are run “transparently”. He is hopeful of an agency where systems are digitalised in the not too distant future. Moreover, he has ambitions to employ both indigenous people and those from abroad.

“We want private investment so thousands of Nigerians can be employed in the maritime sector. We also want to see foreigners as well as local Nigerians participating in the Cabotage trade. We want to see a complete transformation of the sector. We want to see a visible change,” he says.

Its forward-thinking nature also helps give NIMASA the edge. This is typified by its Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme undertaken in 2008 to encourage young Nigerians to embark on maritime careers. In 2012, the number of beneficiaries on the NSDP has significantly increased and Mr. Akpobolokemi stated that the whole area of manpower development has been one of the most important areas of the agency’s transformation during his tenure.

“This year alone we are going to train close to 2,000 seafarers in different parts of the world. They were sent to different maritime academies and universities worldwide for training in order to boost manpower development in the sector. That is ongoing.

“This training is a scholarship programme because this industry is critical to our survival and employment generation efforts, and to many things that we’re talking about in Nigeria. Even for our peace. So the students are being sent abroad while we’re developing our own indigenous academies,” he says.

The Public-Private Partnership (PPP) approach to business is also helping the Agency in its march towards developing the sector. NIMASA recently entered into a PPP agreement with a transport specialist, Global West Vessel  Specialists Limited. This, he says, has enabled NIMASA to meet each of its business requirements such as safety and security. A proper PPP system will also help maximise the revenue of this dynamic enterprise. Results have been positive for the Agency.

“PPP has enabled NIMASA to meet each of its primary responsibilities; safety, security, enforcing environmental laws, etc. We have started receiving the platforms that are needed for us to implement our day-to-day operations in terms of our regulatory functions,” he says.


20/12/2012  |  13:11
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i must say that nimasa is doing a wonderful job to the youth of nigeria....pls how many batch are you people sending out?

20/12/2012  |  19:38
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Sir,with due respect,it is with earnest joy dat i appreciate your goodwill towards moving the maritime industry to another benevolent level.Sir,if you agree with me i would like to know if the aspect of sending students abroad is only meant for the males.Are the females regarded as weak tools that cannot be used to work? Are we not regarded as an efficiency that can promote maritime sector locally or internationally?It is with my deepest agony and sadness that i put it clear to the society and to NIMASA as a body that females are being cheated in this aspect of skills acquisition. Plis sir,i crave ur indulgence that you grant me this life chance opportunity to study abroad,even though i might not be the best but i believe in myself and that's what matters the most.

06/05/2013  |  17:32
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pls i wanted to verification by myself certificate because of private sector operation in the marine industrial
thank for co-operation