NIMASA trains 130 Nigerian youths in Egypt

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Ife Ogunfuwa

One hundred and thirty cadets under the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme, an initiative of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, have graduated from the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport in Alexandria, Egypt.

A statement by the Head, Corporate Communications, NIMASA, Isichei Osamgbi, explained that the training had further increased the pool of seafarers in the sector, bringing their number to 1,045 graduates under the NSDP project.

According to him, the new cadets represent 42 per cent graduates out of the 2,500 NIMASA-sponsored beneficiaries.

At the graduation ceremony in Egypt, the statement quoted the Director-General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, as saying that the agency sponsored over 2,500 aspiring cadets to the best maritime institutions around the world, including Egypt, Romania, The Philippines, United Kingdom and India.

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Giving a breakdown, he said 226 graduated from the Arab Academy in Egypt; 76 from South Tyneside, Newcastle in England; while 743 graduated from various partner universities in The Philippines.

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