THE Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP), an initiative of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), has once again graduated 130 cadets from the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport in Alexandria, Egypt. This feat has further increased the pool of Seafarers in the sector as it brings to a total number of 1,045 graduates from the NSDP project, representing 42 per cent graduates of the over 2500 NIMASA sponsored beneficiaries.
Disclosing this at the graduation ceremony in Egypt, The Director-General of NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside noted that NIMASA sponsored over 2500 aspiring cadets to the best maritime institutions around the world including Egypt, Romania, The Philipines, United Kingdom as well as India. Giving a breakdown, he said 226 graduated from the Arab Academy in Egypt, 76 from South Tyneside, Newcastle in England while 743 graduated from various partner Universities in The Philippines.
The Director General who was represented at the event by the Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services of the Agency, Mr Gambo Ahmed congratulated the graduands who had their degrees in various maritime related disciplines ranging from marine transport and logistics, nautical engineering.