The Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP), an initiative of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), has once again graduated 130 cadets from the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport in Alexandria, Egypt. This brings to a total number of 1,045 graduates from the NSDP project, representing 42 percent graduates of the over 2500 NIMASA sponsored beneficiaries.
Disclosing this at the graduation ceremony in Egypt, The Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside noted that NIMASA sponsored over 2500 aspiring cadets to the best maritime institutions around the world including Egypt, Romania, The Philippines, the United Kingdom as well as India.
Giving a breakdown, he said 226 graduated from the Arab Academy in Egypt, 76 from South Tyneside, Newcastle in England while 743 graduated from various partner Universities in The Philippines.
The Director General who was represented at the event by the Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services of the Agency, Mr. Gambo Ahmed congratulated the grad ands who had their degrees in various maritime related disciplines ranging from marine transport and logistics, nautical engineering.
He and enjoined them to bring to bear the knowledge acquired to improve on the fortunes of the Nigerian maritime industry.
Dakuku added that NIMASA is also exploring other avenues to enrich the NSDP program and added that Nigeria would soon start exporting Seafarers like the Philippines and other reputable maritime nations. This he said will reduce unemployment in the country and attract the much-needed foreign exchange.
According to Mr. Isichei Osangbi, Head of Corporate Communications, the grad ands were full of appreciation for the opportunity granted them to excel by NIMASA and pledged to use the knowledge acquired to enhance the Nigerian maritime sector.
Speaking with the Coordinator of NSDP scheme, Barr. Victor Egejuru, Deputy Director, Maritime Labour in NIMASA, the youths thanked the government of President Muhammadu Buhari and Management of NIMASA for the opportunity given them to progress in their chosen career and in growing capacity in the maritime sector.
In attendance at the event were Mr. Danjuma Mika’il Dauda, Director, Maritime Safety and Security Federal Ministry of Transportation, Mrs. Aisha Salisu of the NIMASA NSDP Team and Prof. Alsnosy Balbaa, Coordinator of the African and Asian affairs of the Arab Academy who tutored the NSDP students.