NIMASA to Facilitate STCW Status for Navy, Accredit Professional Courses.

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Daniel Terungwa

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, has pledged to assist the Nigerian Navy in the accreditation of professional courses offered by the Nigerian Navy with particular reference to the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW).

The agency promised to facilitate the attainment of International Convention on STCW status for the Nigerian Navy training institutes.

The Director General of NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh, disclosed this recently during a courtesy visit by the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Naval Training Command, Rear Admiral Kamarudeen Lawal at the Agency’s headquarters.

Jamoh spoke in response to a request by Lawal, who believed that 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 maximizing 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,” Jamoh stated.  

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