NIMASA DG Urges UNILAG to develop Curriculum for Blue Economy Potentials

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L-R: Director Internal Audit, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Mrs. Olamide Odusanya; Deputy Vice-Chancellor Management Services, University of Lagos (UNILAG), Professor Lucian Chukwu; Director General, NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh; and Vice-Chancellor, UNILAG, Professor Folasade Ogunsola, during a courtesy visit by the UNILAG Vice-Chancellor to the NIMASA headquarters in Lagos…Tuesday.

By Innocent Orok

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency(NIMASA), Dr Bashir Jamoh, has charged the management of the University of Lagos ( UNILAG) to develop academic curriculum in the maritime studies that will drive the blue economy in Nigeria.

Dr Jamoh, who stated this during a courtesy visit by the management team of the university led by the institution’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Folasade Ogunsola, noted that the agency is committed to the development of the Institute of Maritime Studies (IMS) located in UNILAG.

He urged the UNILAG 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.
According to Dr. Jamoh, “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 the NIMASA Management of the University’s commitment to sustaining standards by intentionally changing the narrative of maritime education in Nigeria.

While appealing for the agency to complete the UNILAG-IMS building project, the UNILAG VC said they will embrace partnerships 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.

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