When the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP) was introduced in 2008, it was meant to develop a pool of trained cadets who would man our vessels especially with the coming on stream of the Cabotage Act 2003.
The thinking then was that with the production of certified seafarers, the dearth of seafarers arising from old age and death would be a thing of the past.
According to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, so far, about 2, 500 cadets have been trained from the NSDP excluding those trained from the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, Akwa Ibom State and other approved maritime schools within the country.
Recently, at a well-attended meeting in Lagos, the Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside announced that it was sending out ...
by Egodor Cementina
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) was established with the major responsibility of developing indigenous capacity for shippers, training, certification and welfare of seafarers. Specifically, the agency was created, among others, to provide regulations that are related to Nigerian Shipping, Maritime Labour, Safety and Security in our waters.
NIMASA, as the apex maritime agency, has failed in almost all of its duties from the administration of the activities to the clearance and security of the seafarers. Stakeholder's have had cause to lampoon the Apex Maritime Regulatory Agency over its handling of issues concerning seafarers.
Recently the Nigerian Merchant Navy and Water Transport Senior Officers accused the agency of tardine...
…As four Bag First Class Honours, Dakuku Hails Capacity Growth
The Capacity Building initiative of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) through the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP) has again received another boost as 59 of the beneficiaries have graduated from the Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom.
This brings it to a total number of 1,343 graduates of the scheme since its inception from the various institutions in United Kingdom, Egypt, Romania and Philippines.
At the graduation ceremony which held in the United Kingdom recently, 4 of the students graduated with a 1st Class, while 36 of them had 2nd Class (Division 1) degrees and others graduated with various grades.
Speaking on this development, the Director General of the Ni...