01 July 2016, Sweetcrude, Lagos — As part of efforts to reposition the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA and establish partnerships for the sustainable growth and development of the Nigerian maritime industry, the Agency has called on the United States Government to collaborate in the area of capacity building.
The Director General of the Agency, Dr. Dakuku Peterside made this request when he received the Consul General of the United States in Lagos, Mr. John Bray at the Agency’s Head Office.
Dr. Peterside, who acknowledged the long-standing relationship between the two countries and other existing bilateral agreements, said that the Nigerian government will surely need the assistance of the United States government in the area of technology-driven security surveillance as well as human capacity building.
He said that the business of shipping is global and having done so well for themselves in this area, Nigeria can benefit from the experiences of the Americans in order to harness the potentials in the nation’s maritime domain.
“The need for sharing ideas cannot be overstated because shipping is a global business that links economies of the world together and Nigeria can learn from the experience of the United States. We are currently repositioning the maritime industry and our dream is to be the hub of maritime activities in Africa,” the DG said.
The NIMASA DG also used the opportunity to appeal to the United States representative to assist in the area of training and recruiting of the Nigeria Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP) cadets to the USA marine Navy in order to enhance their competency and skills.
Earlier in his remarks, the Consul General, Mr. John Bray disclosed that they are interested in the status of the co-operation between the two countries and also opportunities available in collaborating together.
While also responding to the Director-General’s requests, Mr. Bray expressed the readiness of the United States to leverage on the already existing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between both countries to collaborate with the Agency and Nigeria at large towards achieving a vibrant and business friendly maritime environment.
The envoy who was accompanied by the Political Adviser in the Consulate Mr. Nicholas D. Austin commended the Director-General for his efforts so far in the Agency and promised to continue to engage the Agency for a mutually beneficial relationship.