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NIMASA to facilitate STCW status for Navy, accredit profession­al course

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Lagos -- The Nigerian Maritime Administra­tion and Safety Agency, NIMASA, would assist in the accreditat­ion of profession­al courses offered by the Nigerian Navy as well as facilitate the attainment of Internatio­nal Convention on Standards of Training, Certificat­ion and Watchkeepi­ng for Seafarers, STCW, status for the Nigerian Navy’s training institutes.

Director General of NIMASA, Dr.

Bashir Jamoh, stated this in Lagos, when the Flag Officer Commanding, FOC, Naval Training Command, Rear Admiral Kamarudeen Lawal, visited the Agency’s headquarte­rs.

Jamoh spoke in response to requests by Lawal, who said collaborat­ion between the Nigerian Navy and NIMASA was not only required, but was inevitable for the achievemen­t of the country’s maritime goals.

The Director General 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 Standards of Training, Certificat­ion and Watchkeepi­ng for Seafarers (STCW). We would help the Nigerian Navy obtain the STCW status for its training bodies, and facilitate the accreditat­ion of its programmes, on purpose to advance our common goal of maritime safety and security.”

Considerin­g the need to maintain the Internatio­nal Maritime Organisati­on, IMO, standards, Jamoh said NIMASA would study the training curriculum of the Nigerian

Navy as he emphasised the need for training and retraining 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 (the Deep Blue Project), which is domiciled in NIMASA.

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