Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside and the President of the World Maritime University (WMU), Malmo, Sweden, Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry signing a Memorandum of Understanding between NIMASA and the WMU in Sweden.
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and safety Agency, NIMASA, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU with the World Maritime University, Malmo Sweden to develop human capacity for the Nigerian maritime sector.
Speaking shortly after the signing of the MoU, the Director General of the Agency, Dr. Dakuku Peterside who led a delegation from Nigeria to Malmo, expressed optimism that the MoU will help the Agency realize its strategic plans to reposition the Nigerian maritime sector for greater efficiency, adding that it is in line with the ongoing reforms being championed by President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.
“This MoU with WMU is an important element of the strategic reforms and repositioning of NIMASA to be the leading maritime administration in Africa. This is also part of ongoing reforms of the maritime sector in Nigeria which the President of Nigeria and Minister of Transportation are championing.
“The partnership with WMU is in line with the four pillar of NIMASA’s medium term growth plan which addresses capacity building and particularly raising a new generation of forward looking Maritime policy makers and regulators,” Dr. Peterside said.
The MoU covers academic, collaborative and reciprocal activities in the fields of training and research to be provided by WMU geared towards building capacity to grow the Nigerian maritime industry.
Arrangements relating to fellowship funding for the WMU M.Sc programme are included as well as the M.Phil programme offered in cooperation with the IMO International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI) in Malta.
The MoU provides for NIMASA officers to take advantage of WMU’s distance learning portfolio as well as Executive Professional Development Courses to reinforce the capacity of its staff.
On her part, the President of the WMU, Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry expressed optimism that it will help support Nigeria’s economic growth and the competitiveness of its maritime industry,
She said; “We are delighted with the engagement with NIMASA in the framework of this MoU which will set the stage for a new partnership with Nigeria. It will also help support Nigeria’s economic growth and the competitiveness of its maritime industry as well as advance the maritime interest of the country.
“This MoU also supports WMU’s commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially Goal 4 which focuses on ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all; and Goal 14 which covers ocean issues, including maritime.”