The Director-General,
Nigerian Maritime
Administration and Safety
Agency, NIMASA, Dr Ziakede
Akpobolokemi, said the Nigeria
Maritime University, NMU,
will generate more than six
billion dollars as revenue when
He told State House
correspondents in Abuja on
Thursday that the revenue
would be generated from the
training and supply of Seafarers
to international maritime
Akpobolokemi said the
university’s licence, which
was approved by the Federal
Government on May 13, was an
initiative of the agency.
According to him, qualified
manpower will be trained in
the university to guarantee
sustainable manpower for the
maritime industry in line with
international standards.
“So, the university is intended
to supply seafarers across
the globe, not only our local
“Youths moving aimlessly
in the streets should come and
study. After graduating, we will
give them necessary sea times
experience and the rest of them
and expose them anywhere
in world and let them send
remittances to the government.
“I said Philippines earns
annually more than six billion
dollars in terms of selling
Seafarers, remittances that come
from selling Seafarers across the
world and we have population
that is useful in characteristic.
“We can do far better than the
He said “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.’’
Akpobolokemi disclosed that
about 32,600 students had so
far benefitted from NIMASA’s
scholarship scheme in the last
four years.
He said that the agency
remained committed and
focused in building human
capacity for the Nigerian
maritime sector through
strengthening of the Nigerian
Seafarers Development
Programme, NSDP.
According to him, the
programme is designed to train
young Nigerians in various
maritime professions at degree
“NSDP has over 2,500
beneficiaries in academic
institutions in Egypt, India,
Philippines, Romania and the
United Kingdom; a number of
whom have since graduated,’’
he said.

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