The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, and the Nigerian Navy is collaborating to improving safety and security of the country’s maritime space.
The Director-General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, made this known while playing host to the Flag Officer Commanding Naval Training Command (NAVTRAC), Rear Admiral Fredrick Ogu, at the Agency’s headquarters in Lagos
Dr Jamoh pointed out that a large chunk of the Agency’s budget went into the training of its workforce, while other stakeholders, including the Nigerian Navy, also benefit from training programmes facilitated by NIMASA in the overall interest of the maritime sector.
He said NIMASA would also look in the direction of naval facilities and how to harmonize the training guidelines to meet the standards required by the International Maritime Organisation IMO, for certification.
Dr Jamoh who noted that NIMASA said the Deep Blue Project assets, also known as the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure, such as the Special Mission Vessels and aircraft, would be manned and commanded by the officers of the Nigerian Navy
The Deep Sea Project aims to comprehensively tackle insecurity on Nigeria’s territorial waters and Exclusive Economic Zone, up to the Gulf of Guinea.
Flag Officer Commanding, Naval Training Command, Rear Admiral Ogu, reiterated the need for NIMASA and the Navy to work together closely in training and emphasized NIMASA’s role in the certification of most maritime-related training programmes.
He disclosed that the Navy’s training facilities are available to both civilians and military personnel and urged Nigerians willing to take up a career in the maritime sector to take advantage of the naval facilities across the country.