This brings it to a total number of 1,343 graduates of the scheme since its inception from the various institutions in United Kingdom, Egypt, Romania and Philippines.
At the graduation ceremony which held in the United Kingdom recently, 4 of the students graduated with a 1st Class, while 36 of them had 2nd Class (Division 1) degrees and others graduated with various grades.
Speaking on this development, the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside expressed delight at the performance of the students and stated that the graduands were the future of the Nigerian maritime industry, and assured them that plans were on top gear to ensure they do their mandatory sea time training so that they can be qualified seafarers.
The DG who was represented by the Agency’s Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, Mr. Ahmed Gambo enjoined the students to continue to be good ambassadors of Nigeria and told them that very soon they would be expected back home to take over the Nigerian maritime space.
“Let me congratulate you on this great feat of your graduation from this prestigious University. On our part as a government, we are committed to capacity building initiatives as it remains the only means the maritime industry can survive and compete favourably with its counterparts globally; we will ensure you all go through the mandatory sea time training, so that you can become better experts and professionals in the maritime sector both in Nigeria and internationally”, Dr. Peterside said.
Meanwhile, two outstanding NSDP cadets who had earlier graduated from the same University and thereafter obtained scholarships based on their performance from the University to pursue their Doctorate programme were also presented to the Nigerian delegation.
It may be recalled that as part of the commitment of the Executive Management of NIMASA to ensure that the NSDP programme is fully optimized, it has entered into partnership with various maritime institutions abroad to provide sea time training opportunities to the NSDP Cadets to enable them qualify fully as seafarers.
So far, about 2,000 Nigerian youths are beneficiaries of the NIMASA NSDP scheme. The programme was conceived in order to bridge the gap of the dearth of the seafaring profession in Nigeria, which is a global issue.