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The Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Mr. Ahmed Gambo, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Technology of the Liverpool John Moore University, United Kingdom, Professor Ahmed Al-Shamma in a photograph with some of the NIMASA sponsored Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP) cadets during their graduation ceremony from the Liverpool John Moore University, UK recently.

NIMASA NSDP: UK University graduates 59 Nigerian Cadets

.As four bag First class honours, Petreside hails capacity growth

(TRADE NEWSW1IRE): The Capacity Building initiative of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) through the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP) has again received another boost as 59 of the beneficiaries have graduated from the Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, TRADE NEWSW1IRE reports..

This brings it to a total number of 1,343 graduates of the scheme since its inception from the various institutions in United Kingdom, Egypt, Romania and Philippines.

In a statement obtained by TRADE NEWSWIRE from the Head of Corporate Communications, NIMASA, Isichei Osamgbi, at the graduation ceremony which held in the United Kingdom recently, 4 of the students graduated with a 1st Class, while 36 of them had 2nd Class (Division 1) degrees and others graduated with various grades.

Speaking on this development, the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside, expressed delight at the performance of the students and stated that the graduands are the future of the Nigerian maritime industry, and assured them that plans are on top gear to ensure they do their mandatory sea time training so that they can be qualified seafarers.

Deputy Director, Maritime Labour Services of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and Coordinator of the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP) initiative of the Agency, Mr. Victor Egejuru in a photograph with some of the beneficiaries of the NSDP scheme during their graduation ceremony from the Liverpool John Moore University, UK recently.

The DG who was represented by the Agency’s Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, Mr. Ahmed Gambo enjoined the students to continue to be good ambassadors of Nigeria and told them that very soon they will be expected back home to take over the Nigerian maritime space.

“Let me congratulate you on this great feat of your graduation from this prestigious University. On our part as a government, we are committed to capacity building initiatives as it remains the only means the maritime industry can survive and compete favourably with its counterparts globally; we will ensure you all go through the mandatory sea time training, so that you can become better experts and professionals in the maritime sector both in Nigeria and internationally”,. Peterside said.

Deputy Director, Maritime Labour Services of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and Coordinator of the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP) initiative of the Agency, Mr. Victor Egejuru (2nd left) and Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Technology of the Liverpool John Moore University, United Kingdom Professor Ahmed Al-Shamma (right) in a photograph with the two best graduating students of the Liverpool John Moore University, UK during their graduation ceremony recently; Augustine Ehiagwina (left) Ugedi Preye Jennifa.

Meanwhile, two outstanding NSDP Cadets who had earlier graduated from the same University and thereafter obtained scholarships based on their performance from the University to pursue their Doctorate programme were also presented to the Nigerian delegation.

It may be recalled that as part of the commitment of the Executive Management of NIMASA to ensure that the NSDP programme is fully optimized, it has entered into partnership with various maritime institutions abroad to provide sea time training opportunities to the NSDP Cadets to enable them qualify fully as seafarers.

So far, about 2,000 Nigerian youths are beneficiaries of the NIMASA NSDP scheme. The programme was conceived in order to bridge the gap of the dearth of the seafaring profession in Nigeria, which is a global issue.

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