Transport Minister flags-off Seafarers Development Programme

Transport Minister flags-off Seafarers Development Programme

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“The doggedness of NIMASA in ensuring the success of this programme is commendable, but I would like the Agency to include is more local training institutions that meet the standard required for the training.


To the cadets, the Minister said, “For those who are leaving, please, do not embarrass the country.

You are not just ambassadors of NIMASA, you are ambassadors of Nigeria.

You have to be of utmost good behaviour.

“You have to study and pass your exams.

There are so many youths who want this opportunity that you have.

It means that you must show NIMASA that they did not make any mistake in choosing you.


He advised those who might not get the opportunity to be hired overseas at the end of their sea time training to return home and contribute to national development, saying opportunities are gradually opening up for them in Nigeria.

“After training, some of you will be hired overseas.

The ones that are not hired overseas, please, come back to the country.

This country is changing in time.

You will see the changes as you come.

It won’t be easy, it’s difficult, but the changes are coming gradually,” the Minister stated.

The Director-General of NIMASA, Bashir Jamoh, said the third phase of NSDP, called NSDP Tera, had addressed many of the challenges encountered in the previous stages of the programme.

Jamoh said with this latest phase, the country was set for a better, more innovative maritime manpower development experience.

“NSDP-3 brings our maritime manpower development strategy to the next level.

It is a complete package, which offers the cadets everything they need to qualify as seafarers, from shore-based training to sea time training, and attainment of Certificate of Competency (CoC).


On the issue of international recognition of Nigerian CoCs, Jamoh stated that the Agency was working on signing bilateral agreements with some countries to facilitate greater recognition and acceptance of the country’s seafarers as well as optimisation of the benefits of the programme.

The Director-General said, “To prepare ourselves for the coming opportunities, the Agency will make concerted efforts to sign bi-lateral agreements of mutual recognition of Certificate of Competency to open opportunities for Nigerian seafarers to work abroad.

“We are working with industry experts to ensure that our Maritime Education and Training (MET) meets international standards.


Chairman, Board of NIMASA, Honourable Asita, extolled the impact of the NSDP in the country’s maritime sector.

He urged the cadets to be a good example and encouragement to other youths in the country.

The former Director-General of NIMASA, Ade Dosunmu, expressed delight in the pace of implementation of NSDP by the Dr Jamoh led Management.

He emphasised the huge economic benefits of the programme, in terms of foreign currency repatriation and employment creation, among others, and called for its sustenance and continued expansion.

Dosunmu commended the Minister, “For providing purposeful leadership in the maritime sector.

The sector has witnessed unprecedented growth since you became Minister.

The removal of wrecks in our waters has commenced, piracy has reduced drastically; I commend this administration.


The Managing Director of Charkin Maritime Academy, Charles Wami, called for more partnership among indigenous maritime institutions on sea time training.

Wami advised the cadets to be disciplined and assured them of success, stating,“On board a ship, cadets are not supposed to be heard but seen.

As long as the sea never dries, there will be jobs for you as mariners.

This profession is one that you can be proud of.


There were goodwill messages from other industry stakeholders, including the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Limited, one of the highest employers of seafarers in Nigeria, and retired Merchant Navy Captain and former Minister of Interior, Emmanuel Iheanacho.

More than 2,000 Nigerians have been trained under the NSDP since its commencement in 2009.

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Transport Minister flags-off Seafarers Development Programme

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