By Moses Ebosele –
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has concluded plans to certify Officers and Ratings of the Nigerian Navy in line with the requirements of Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW).
Receiving the Flag Officer Commanding Naval Training Command (NAVTRAC) Rear Admiral Ifeola Ogunmola Mohammed who led a delegation to NIMASA, the Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside explained that training was pivotal to the development of an excellent officer.
He assured the FOC that the Agency will immediately commence the process of certifying the officers and ratings of the Nigerian Navy who have satisfied all the requirements.
A statement issued by Head Corporate Communications, Hajia Lami Tumaka quoted the DG as saying “training is the way to go in order to ensure professionalism in responding to marine incidences”.
He added: “If we must achieve our shared objective of securing our maritime sector, synergy is key and as the Regional Coordinator for Search and Rescue in West and Central Africa, we have to ensure that our training conforms to the needs of protecting our maritime space”.
Earlier in his remarks, Rear Admiral Mohammed called on NIMASA as the Agency in charge of certification of seafarers to certify officers and ratings of the Nigerian Navy trained by NAVTRAC.
The FOC also reeled out areas of cooperation between NIMASA and the Flag Command to include training in search and rescue operations and Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS).
He explained that the Navy has dedicated ships and simulators amongst other relevant training equipment which NIMASA staff can take advantage of.
He said: “We will need to synergize with NIMASA in some specific training such as Search and Rescue type training, Global Maritime Distress and Safety System