Federal Government has announced that it is targeting over $6 billion annually from selling seafarers trained from the newly approved Maritime University in Delta State.
Federal Executive Council, FEC, had on Wednesday approved license for the first full fledged Maritime University in the West African sub region.
Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Ziakede Akpobolokemi told State House Correspondents yesterday that: “The Philippines remit over $6 billion from selling seafarers across the globe. So the new Maritime University in Nigeria is intended to sell seafarers across the globe, not only our local industry.
“Youth moving aimlessly in the streets should come and study after graduating to get the necessary sea time experience and the rest of them and expose them anywhere in the world.
“And our population that is youthful in characteristics, we can do better than the Philippines,” he added.
He commended FEC for approving the license noting that NIMASA has recorded more achievements in the past four years than the previous ten years.
“He continued: “One of the noble steps we have taken have yielded success and that has to do with the formal approval for the take off of the Maritime University in Okerenkoko, Delta State.
“FEC gave its endorsement for the take off of the university. We are happy because this is unique in this country. In the Sub-Sahara countries, we don’t have maritime universities common. It has been a very challenging period in getting to this level.
“This formal approval of the licence will signify a major milestone in the Agency’s capacity building initiatives as it will guarantee sustainable training of qualified manpower for the maritime industry at international standard.
“Following the licence issued by the federal government, the university is now set to commence academic activities at its fully developed temporary site in Kurutie, also in Warri-South West local government area.
NSDP, according to Akpobolokemi, had over 2,500 beneficiaries in academic institutions in Egypt, India, Philippines, Romania and the United Kingdom; a number of whom have since graduated.
He added that his administration had also established Institutes of Maritime Studies in six Nigerian universities, including University of Lagos, University of Nigeria Nsukka, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, Niger State, Niger Delta University Amasoma, Bayelsa State, Anambra State University, Uli and Federal University, Kashere, Gombe State.

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