MoA Signed with NIMASA, Nigeria
On 15 February, the President of the World Maritime University (WMU), Dr Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, and Mr Bashir Y. Jamoh, Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA). The main focus of the agreement is to advance the maritime interest of Nigeria as well as address the changing needs of the country’s maritime industry to support the sustainable development of the Nigerian maritime industry.
President Doumbia-Henry welcomed the agreement, noting that NIMASA is one of the first supporters of WMU, and has remained so for many years. “WMU is delighted to be associated with NIMASA and its work which extends beyond national boundaries, and has a significant effect on the whole region. We are also pleased to have such a successful and warm relationship with NIMASA and its staff - it is a perfect example of international cooperation for sustainable growth. I look forward to the fruitful outcomes of our collaborative efforts as articulated in the Memorandum and based on the principles of equity, reciprocity and mutual benefit.”
The agreement provides for maritime education, training, research and capacity-building for officers of NIMASA with at least ten officers being funded annually by the Agency to study at WMU in the MSc in Maritime Affairs programme based in Malmö, Sweden. Under the agreement, NIMASA will also sponsor at least one officer per year to study in the WMU/IMLI MPhil programme in International Maritime Law and Ocean Policy. Further, the agreement provides for WMU to develop and organize short-term, specialized Executive Professional Development Courses (EPDCs) for NIMASA officers.
Since NIMASA took its current form in 2006, cooperation with WMU has increased markedly, demonstrating the investment by NIMASA in skills, education and working for a better future. Overall, Nigeria is third as the country with the highest number of WMU graduates. Of the 246 graduates from Nigeria to date, 60 have been sponsored by NIMASA, dating back to its predecessor organization. In the Class of 2022, an additional 10 students are funded by the Agency. To date, there are WMU graduates from Nigeria across every educational programme offered by WMU including the MSc, the MPhil and PhD as well as the Postgraduate Diploma programmes.
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is primarily responsible for the administration of Maritime Safety and Security, Seafarers Standards, Maritime Labour, Shipping Regulations, Promotion of Commercial Shipping and Cabotage activities, Pollution Prevention and Control in the marine environment. The Agency is also responsible for the ratification and implementation of International Maritime Organization (IMO) and International Labour Organization (ILO) Conventions.
The World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmö, Sweden is established within the framework of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialized agency of the United Nations. The mission of WMU is to be the world centre of excellence in postgraduate maritime and oceans education, professional training and research, while building global capacity and promoting sustainable development. WMU’s vision is to inspire leadership and innovation for a sustainable maritime and oceans future. WMU is an organization by and for the international maritime community and is committed to the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.