Officers and Ratings of the Nigerian Navy are now to be certified by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) in line with the International Maritime Organisation (IMO)’s Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW). Director General of the agency, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, disclosed this when the Flag Officer Commanding, Naval Training Command (NAVTRAC), Rear Admiral Ifeola Mohammed, led a delegation to the agency’s head office in Lagos. A statement from the agency quoted the director general as saying that training was pivotal to the development of an excellent officer. He gave assurance to the FOC that the agency would immediately commence the process of certifying the officers and ratings of the Nigerian Navy, who have satisfied all the requirements.
Peterside said: “If we must achieve our shared objective of securing our maritime sector, synergy is key and as the Regional Coordinator for Search and Rescue in West and Central Africa, we have to ensure that our training conforms to the needs of protecting our maritime space. Already, Mohammed had called on NIMASA to certify officers and ratings of the Nigerian Navy trained by NAVTRAC to enable them become useful to the maritime industry even after retirement from the navy.
The FOC reeled out areas of cooperation between NIMASA and the Flag Command to include training in search and rescue operations and Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS). He said that the navy had dedicated ships and simulators among other relevant training equipment, which NIMASA staff could take advantage of…Read more