The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency has proposed to assist in the accreditation of professional courses offered by the Nigerian Navy.
It also offered to facilitate the attainment of international convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers status for the Navy’s training institutes.
Director-General of NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh, stated this when the Flag Officer Commanding, Naval Training Command, Rear Admiral Kamarudeen Lawal, visited the agency’s headquarters in Lagos.
Jamoh spoke in response to requests by Lawal, who believed that collaboration between the Navy and NIMASA was required for success of the country’s maritime goals.
The DG said, “NIMASA is all for anything that would enhance safety and security in our waters and promote shipping. This is in line with our mandate. We would support and advance courses and causes geared towards maximising our maritime potential. Our maritime training institutions and courses have their basis in the International Convention on STCW.
“We would help the Nigerian Navy obtain the STCW status for its training bodies and facilitate the accreditation of its programmes, to advance our common goal of maritime safety and security.”
Taking cognisance of the need to maintain the International Maritime Organisation standards, Jamoh said NIMASA would study the training curriculum of the Navy.
He emphasised the need for training and re-training of naval personnel to improve their capability, especially in respect of the Navy’s leading role in the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure, which is domiciled in NIMASA.
The FOC said the visit was in view of NIMASA’s critical role in the maintenance of standards and safety in the country’s maritime environment.
He added that the relationship between the Navy and NIMASA led to improved maritime safety on Nigerian waters.
Lawal commended NIMASA’s edforts to ensure safety and standards in the maritime environment.
“This makes collaboration between the command and NIMASA desirable and inevitable,” Lawal stated. “To achieve this objective, the command desires further assistance and collaboration with NIMASA in the area of certification for International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers.”
He also requested Jamoh to facilitate the accreditation of Navy’s professional courses through collaborative efforts with the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, Coss River State.
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