Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and SA to collaborate on maritime training

Nimasa director general and AAMA chairman, Dakuku Peterside.

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (Nimasa) announced yesterday that it was currently in discussions with the maritime administrations of South Africa, Ghana and Kenya to acquire and jointly operate a training vessel for cadets.

Nimasa director general Dakuku Peterside noted that discussions were still at an early stage but said he was hopeful that they would be able to continue during the upcoming Association of African Maritime Administrations (AAMA) conference from 16 to 19 September in Egypt.

He said that such a partnership agreement would be beneficial to all the countries involved and would help to reposition Nigeria’s maritime sector as viable and able to compete favourably with its counterparts on the continent. Peterside added that regional collaboration was key to developing Africa’s maritime sector.

“We cannot walk this journey alone, partnership is crucial to achieving a robust economy,” he said. “The beauty of partnership is that everyone brings their expertise to the table where ideas are shared and considered as a way forward to achieving a particular goal.”

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