Certain that human capacity development is panacea to the nation’s growing unemployment, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) says it has trained over 2,500 students in maritime-related courses in foreign maritime institutions.
Speaking on the theme, “Unemployment: How do we tame this monster?” during a lecture in Lagos, the NIMASA Director-General, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, said that the agency’s capacity development initiatives aim to tame the foreseen lacuna in the seafaring profession, which is a global challenge in the nearest future.
According to him, the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP) scheme has started producing graduates and will soon take a new look when Nigeria becomes a large exporter of seafarers like India and the Philippines, who generate millions of dollars from their seafarers across the globe.
Peterside restated the agency’s unflinching commitment to ensuring a virile maritime sector through its capacity building initiatives, while calling for zero tolerance for corruption to enable the Federal Government and its agencies to achieve their set objectives, especially in curbing unemployment.
“Let me use this opportunity to call on all Nigerians regardless of race, religion or political interest or affiliation to support the Federal Government in its quest to defeat corruption, which has eaten deep into the fortunes of the economy, so that we can together make our country great again,” he said.
“I assure you all that very soon, unemployment issue will soon be a thing of the past,” a statement by the NIMASA Head of Corporate Communications, Mr. Isichei Osamgbi, quoted Peterside as saying.
Peterside had recently disclosed that in its 2017 budget, the agency made adequate provision for sea-time training for the beneficiaries of the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP) scheme, which will in turn qualify them to practice their trade anywhere in the world.