The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has called on the United States Government for partnership in the area of capacity building.  This is aimed at taking further the drive for sustainable growth and development of the Nigerian maritime industry.

Dr. Dakuku Peterside, NIMASA director-general, made this request during the visit of the Consul General of the United States in Lagos, Mr. John Bray at the Agency’s head office,June 30, 2016.In a release signed by NIMASA’s Head of Corporate Communications, Hajia Lami Tumaka, the DG acknowledged the long standing relationship between the two countries and other existing bilateral agreements, stressing that the Nigerian government will surely need the assistance of the US in the area of technology driven security surveillance as well as human capacity building.

Peterside opined that the business of shipping is global and having done so well for herself in this area, Nigeria can benefit from the experiences of the US in order to harness the potentials of 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,” said the DG.

The NIMASA helmsman also used the opportunity to appeal to the United States representative to assist in the area of training and recruitment of cadets of the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP) into the US marine navy in order to enhance their competency and skills.

In his own remarks, the Consul General, Mr. John Bray disclosed that the United States is interested in co-operating with Nigeria to maximize opportunities available in all fields. Mr. Bray expressed the readiness of his government to leverage on the already existing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two countries 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 steering the ship of the Agency.

PIX CAPTION: Dr. Dakuku Peterside presenting a souvenir to Mr. John Bray  Lagos.