The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Institute of Transport Technology (NITT), Zaria, on research and training towards enhancing maritime safety and security in Nigeria.
The Director-General of NIMASA Dr. Bashir Jamoh, in a brief ceremony on Saturday in Zaria, Kaduna State, said the MoU is hinged on research and training with a view to enhancing local content and boosting quality assurance.
He noted that NIMASA and NITT have been together for over 30 years, adding that the occasion was to formalise and strengthen the relationship in the areas of research, training and development.
According to him, activities of sea pirates negatively impacted the sector in 2020 and dented the image of our country, however the attacks subsided by 2021, and from January 2022 to date Nigeria has recorded any attack by pirates.
He said NIMASA achieved the success through strategic collaborations and partnerships with key stakeholders in the sector, adding the partnership with the NITT will further support the Agency with research to sustain the gains and strengthen the sector.
Jamoh said with the signing of the MoU, the NITT would assist NIMASA with either research or training wherever it observes gaps.
“If it is gaps on individuals that drive the transport industry then the gaps would be bridged in terms of training.
“If it is in terms of infrastructure the Institute will conduct research to determine the type of infrastructure that would address the identified gaps.
“If gaps were identified in terms of the general progress of the industry, the Institute would also come-in,” he said.
He noted that NITT Zaria was established to develop not only the maritime industry but the whole transport and logistics sector, stressing that NIMASA would sustain its support to the Institute towards enhancing growth and development in the sector.
The MoU is hinged on research and training with a view to enhancing local content and boosting quality assurance.
Also speaking, the Director-General, NITT, Dr. Bayero Farah, said the MoU is aimed at strengthening the relationship between the Institute and NIMASA especially to provide more training to the staff of the Agency.
Farah said the MoU was also hinged on collaborative research between the NIMASA and NITT on critical and dynamic issues that affect the maritime industry in Nigeria.
He said: “Any time we have issues in the Maritime sector, NITT and NIMASA would conduct a research and proffer solutions based on international best practice.
“With the signing of this MoU, the training of NIMASA’s managers’ cadre by the NITT towards enhancing the growth of the sector will commence with immediate effect.”