NIMASA, NSML partner to train 150 NSDP cadets

NIMASA, NSML partner to train 150 NSDP cadets


The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has signed a training agreement with the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Ship Management Limited (NSML) to facilitate Certificate of Competency (CoC) examinations for beneficiaries of the Nigerian Seafarers Development Program (NSDP).

The NSDP is a sponsored intervention programme being implemented by NIMASA to grow capacity of young Nigerians to be certified as seafarers with global recognition and acceptance, thus bridging the gap in the dearth of seafarers globally.

The CoC examination is the final stage of the NSDP training, culminating in the acquisition of the CoC license, which potentially opens the doors of global employment opportunities for the cadets.

Speaking at an induction ceremony by NSML for 50 of NIMASA’s Romanian trained NSDP beneficiaries , the NIMASA Director General, Dr Bashir Jamoh, highlighted the success of the collaboration between both parties in fostering the development of Nigerian seafarers.

The NIMASA DG who was represented by the Director Special Duties, Isichei Osamgbi, expressed appreciation to NSML to support the development of seafarers and promotion of our local content onboard their vessels.

“It is worthy of note that a good number of NSDP Officers trained onboard NSML vessels are now employed by the company.

“Today, we are proud to announce that 150 Romanian-trained NSDP cadets have concluded their mandatory onboard sea training and are ready to proceed for the Certificate of Competency (CoC) training and examinations.

“The signing of this training agreement between both parties resulting in the commencement of CoC for the first batch of Romanian-trained cadets will go a long way in ensuring all backlogs of cadets awaiting CoCs are cleared,” he said.

He urged other organisations in the industry to take a cue from NSML and give opportunities to aspiring Nigerian seafarers to acquire knowledge and gain experiences to excel in the field.

The Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy, Dr. Magdalene Ajani, while speaking at the ceremony charged the cadets to be worthy ambassadors of Nigeria.

Ajani, who was represented by Mrs. Ekanem Saila, a Deputy Director in the ministry, noted that the collaboration between NIMASA and NSML was a welcome development and the outcome of discussions that have been on for some time.

On his part, the Managing Director of NSML, Abdulkadir Ahmed, said the organisation is sponsoring 50 of the cadets to the South Shield Marine School in the UK on a 12-month programme to get their Certificates of Competency.

He said this is aimed at addressing the dearth of Nigerian seafarers on ocean going vessels and the need to meet indigenous manning requirements under the nation’s Cabotage law.

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