Resolved to grow a virile maritime trade as an economic asset for the country, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) are exploring a partnership to develop human capacity in the sector.
The initiative followed a request by the NIMASA Director-General, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, for TETFUND to help fund maritime studies and develop human capacity in the sector during his meeting with stakeholders and vice chancellors of Nigerian universities where the agency has institutes of maritime studies.
Calling on public and private organisations to partner with the agency in ensuring adequate funding for these institutes, Peterside requested TETFUND to partner with NIMASA or intervene, where necessary, in funding those institutes.
According to him, “more than ever, we are open to partnership to ensure that our maritime sector continues to thrive and impact positively on the Nigerian economy in the long run.”
He further urged Nigerian universities to include maritime-related courses in their curricula and continuously improve on it to expand the job potentials of Nigerian youths and help grow the economy, stating that maritime is a global business with vast opportunities.
On his part, the TETFUND Executive Secretary, Dr. Abdulahi Bichi Baffa, assured that the agency would consider the areas of intervention, stating that the establishment of maritime institutes in the universities was a splendid initiative by NIMASA.
Also at meeting were vice chancellors of the concerned universities and the directors of their maritime institutes, including the Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos, Prof. Rahamon Bello.
The others were the Vice Chancellor, Ibrahim Babangida University, Lapai, Niger State, Prof. Muhammad Maiturare, Prof. Humphrey Ogoni (Niger Delta University, Bayelsa State), and Prof. Alhassan M. Gani (Federal University, Kashere, Gombe State), as well as Prof. James Ogbonna (Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Nigeria, Nsukka).
NIMASA established maritime institutes in six Nigerian universities to help develop the needed technical manpower which were hitherto only obtainable from institutes outside the country.
Source : Authority