Sustainable maritime growth requires continuous capacity building – NIMASA DG

Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

Continuous capacity building is required in order to ensure the sustainable growth and development of the maritime sector and the country as a whole.
Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) at the 2017 Day of Seafarers at Onne, Rivers State.
He said the mandate of the Nigerian Maritime University includes bridging the gap in human capacity in the maritime sector, with particular reference to seafarers now perceived to be in high demand in the country and globally.
Peterside, who said capacity building remain a focal mandate of NIMASA, said NIMASA is working closely with some government agencies to ensure that academic activities at the Nigerian Maritime University (NMU) commence next academic session.
“Learning is a continuous process, when we stop learning the sector cannot grow, and by extension the entire country. More so, the country is diversifying its resources and we need trained and competent personnel to man the different sectors of the economy. In this regard, in NIMASA there is a rebirth of focusing on our core mandate of which capacity development is topmost in order to realize a virile maritime sector. We therefore remain committed to the ideals of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s Federal Government of making Nigeria a pride in the comity of nations,” Peterside said.
Dr Dakuku urged seafarers to remain patriotic in the delivery of their services to their fatherland and assured them that NIMASA will continue to collaborate with shipowners and relevant Stakeholders in the sector to ensure that their interest is protected.
““We are proud of you and be rest assured that we will ensure that your interest is protected; in the light of these, we will also ensure that all international instruments pertaining to your welfare are fully implemented,” he said.

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