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NIMASA takes maritime capacity building to schools

Jamoh

…Announces scholarships for best students 

Chidi Ogbuokiri

Determined to put in place a sustainable capacity building framework for the younger generation, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) visited Premier Academy School, Lugbe, in Abuja, to mark this year’s Children’s Day and donated educational materials to the school as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility.

Speaking on the visit, the Director General of NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh, reiterated NIMASA’s commitment to capacity building in the industry, saying secondary schools in the country are the good place to begin the awareness. Jamoh encouraged the students, especially those in the sciences, to show interest in maritime by choosing maritime related careers, especially given the increasing role of maritime in Nigeria’s economic diversification effort.

He said the current Cabotage regime had opened up many opportunities in the maritime industry for indigenous investors and professionals.

Jamoh announced the setting up of an endowment seat and scholarships for best students from the school willing to study maritime related courses in tertiary institutions. He said the agency was willing to train such students in Nigeria and abroad.

He said in pursuit of NIMASA’s mandate to build capacity in the maritime industry, it was necessary to let students know the careers in the sector. “From time to time, we do visit schools and, as you are aware, we have a number of tertiary institutions in the six geo-political zones we are funding in terms of maritime education,” he stated.

He added, “When it comes to capacity building it is very important to have a very good foundation from secondary schools before you go to tertiary institution.”

The Director General said the Children’s Day celebrations presented a good opportunity to talk to students on the opportunities in the maritime industry.

He talked about the Federal Government’s resolve to ensure safety and security in the country’s waters, saying, “We are trying to get it right through the Deep Blue project that will be launched soon by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“We are now going out in full force to make sure we avert or stop this issue of maritime insecurity.”

He disclosed that there had been improvements in maritime security in the country since the deployment of assets under the Deep Blue Project began some months ago.

The items presented to the school included books, computers, and T-shirts.

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