From Anthony Nwachukwu, Lagos
In a strategic move that will make the Nigerian maritime sector more efficient, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has is partnering the World Maritime University (WMU), Malmo, Sweden, on human capacity development.
Speaking after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the institution, NIMASA Director-General, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, said the pact would help the agency realize its plans to reposition the sector for greater efficiency.
“This MoU with WMU is an important element of the strategic reforms and repositioning of NIMASA to be the leading maritime administration in Africa,” a statement from the Head of Corporate Communications, Mr. Isichei Osamgbi, cited him to say.
“The partnership is in line with the four pillars of NIMASA’s medium term growth plan, which addresses capacity building and, particularly, raising a new generation of forward-looking maritime policy makers and regulators.”
The MoU covers academic, collaborative and reciprocal activities in training and research, to be provided by WMU, towards building capacity to grow the Nigerian maritime industry.
It also has arrangements for fellowship funding for the WMU M.Sc programme, M.Phil. programme offered in cooperation with the IMO International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI) in Malta, and provides for WMU distance learning portfolio and executive professional development courses for NIMASA officers.
Peterside, grateful to the president and management of the institution for their cooperation, has resolved to actively implement the provisions.
On her part, the WMU President, Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, commendedthe engagement with NIMASA in the framework, stating that it will spring a new partnership with Nigeria, support its economic growth and the competitiveness of its maritime industry, and advance its maritime interest.