From right: Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh presents a plaque to the Flag Officer Commanding FOC Naval Training Command, Rear Admiral Kamarudeen Lawal, during a visit by the FOC to the NIMASA headquarters in Lagos, Tuesday.

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh has pledged to assist in the accreditation of professional courses offered by the Nigerian Navy. The agency would also facilitate the attainment of International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers STCW status for the Nigerian Navy’s training institutes.

The DG spoke in Lagos, Tuesday when the Flag Officer Commanding FOC Naval Training Command, Rear Admiral Kamarudeen Lawal, visited the agency’s headquarters locate on Burma Road, Apapa.

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

“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”, the Director General said.

He also assured that in line with the need to maintain the International Maritime Organisation’s IMO standards, NIMASA would study the training curriculum of the Nigerian Navy, emphasising 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.    

The FOC had earlier said the visit was in view of NIMASA’s core mandate in the maintenance of standards and safety in the country’s maritime environment. He said the relationship between the Nigerian Navy and NIMASA had led to improved maritime safety and security on the nation’s waters in particular and the Gulf of Guinea in general.

He however commended the efforts by NIMASA to ensure safety and standards in the maritime environment.

“This makes collaboration between the Command and NIMASA desirable and inevitable,” Lawal stated. “In order to achieve this objective, the Command desires further assistance and collaboration with NIMASA in the area of certification for International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers,” he added.

Lawal also requested Jamoh to facilitate the accreditation of Navy’s professional courses through collaborative efforts with the Maritime Academy of Nigeria MAN, Oron.