The Director General Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh has stated that the academia has a major role to play in the development of Nigeria Blue Economy.
Jamoh stated this during a courtesy visit by University of Lagos Management Team led by Vice Chancellor, Professor Folasade Ogunsola.
He noted that the Agency is committed to the development of the Institute of Maritime Studies (IMS) located in UNILAG.
Jamoh urged the University management to develop and implement a five year action plan to make the Institute of Maritime Studies in the University the epicenter of research for the repositioning of the Blue Economy as the leading contributory sector of the nation’s economy.
His words: “In the next four to five years, both NIMASA and UNILAG should be able to boast of important research milestones achieved by the Institute of Maritime Studies leading to recommendations and action plans geared towards the development of Nigeria’s Blue Economy. Considering the fact that maritime is global by nature, the Institute should also have an international focus with students from other African countries welcomed, in order to broaden the scope of learning and thereby positioning Nigeria as a hub for maritime education as well”.
The NIMASA boss also called for the harmonization of all sixteen (16) Memoranda of Understanding which the Agency has signed with universities in Nigeria, to serve as a guide for the IMS in UNILAG.
On her part, the UNILAG Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ogunsola, assured agency of the University’s commitment towards sustaining standards by intentionally changing the narrative of maritime education in Nigeria.
While appealing for the Agency to complete the UNILAG-IMS building project, Ogunsola said they will embrace partnership with local and international parties to ensure UNILAG becomes a formidable force in the Maritime space through developing and grooming the right capacities, driving relevant research, ensuring proper certification, securing industry engagement and facilitating exchange opportunities for students, for global relevance”.
The UNILAG-NIMASA Institute of Maritime Studies (IMS) building is one of six (6) projects sited across each geopolitical zone of the country by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to provide suitable manpower requirements for the contemporary maritime industry, through comprehensive theoretical and practical maritime training.