Victor Egejuru, coordinator of the NIMASA sponsored NSDP programme (sixth r) in a group photograph with some of the graduating cadets from the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport in Alexandria, Egypt who were presented with awards during the graduation ceremony held recently in Egypt.

Not less than 130 Nigerian cadets have once again graduated from the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport in Alexandria, Egypt under the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP), an initiative of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
A statement signed by Isichei Osamgbi, head, Corporate Communications of NIMASA, said the newly graduated cadets has increased the pool of seafarers in the sector as it brings the total number of graduates from the NSDP programme to 1,045, representing 42 percent of the 2,500 cadets that benefited from the NIMASA sponsored programme.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony held recently in Egypt, Dakuku Peterside, director general of NIMASA, said the agency sponsored over 2500 cadets to different maritime institutions in the world including Egypt, Romania, Philipines, United Kingdom and India.
According to him, 226 of the cadets graduated from the Arab Academy in Egypt; 76 from South Tyneside, Newcastle in England and 743 graduated from various partner Universities in Philippines.
Peterside, who was represented by Gambo Ahmed, executive director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, congratulated the graduands who obtained degrees in Marine Transport and Logistics and Nautical Engineering and among other maritime related courses. He enjoined them to bring to bear the knowledge acquired to grow Nigerian maritime industry.
He further said that the school also offered to partner with NIMASA in providing sea time training for the students including other NSDP graduands from other schools. “This will further complement the agency’s efforts in getting sea time training for graduate cadets.”
The NIMASA boss disclosed that the agency is also exploring other avenues to enrich the NSDP programme, owing to the fact that the programme would enable Nigeria to start exporting seafarers like the Philippines and other reputable maritime nations.
The benefit of the training, according to him, is to help reduce unemployment rate in the country and attract the much needed foreign exchange.
The graduands, who were full of appreciation for the opportunity granted them to benefit from the programme, also pledged to use the knowledge acquired to enhance the Nigerian maritime sector.
Recall that NIMASA in 2008 initiated the NSDP to curb the dearth of trained and certified seafarers in Nigeria, which was identified as one of the impediment to Nigeria’s active participation in the global shipping business. It is expected that the programme would bridge the knowledge gap and enhance the economic benefit of the sector as well as place the country in the league of advanced maritime nations.

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