The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, says it has recruited 250 new cadets to man its various platforms at the Lagos-Bayelsa coastal corridor.
The bureau’s director-general, Bashir Jamoh, made this known to journalists in Port Harcourt on Monday.
Mr Jamoh, that was symbolized by his Special Assistant on Communications and Strategy, Ubong Essien, at a press conference, said the recruitment exercise was part of their present drive to create local capacity for improved operations.
“So, the 250 cadets are about to be sent for training as part of our commitment to developing the workforce to man our numerous programs which are coming on stream soon.
“We believed that we have to develop our palms locally, which may have ripple effects on the nation’s economy,” he said.
Mr Jamoh said he was working hard to ensure the full implementation of his three-point agenda of boosting marine safety, security and shipping advancement.
He explained that the new Deep Blue Project, DBP, which would be launched in the forthcoming weeks, would rid the nation’s maritime environment of illegalities.
“The DBP is the country’s Integrated Surveillance and Security Architecture which Will sanitise our maritime market.
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“NIMASA is investing in atmosphere assets through the acquisition of three particular mission helicopters; two specific mission aircraft and four unmanned air vehicles.
“On marine assets, the bureau is also investing in just two enormous well-equipped special mission boats that will patrol the high seas.
“The vessels have potential to deploy approximately 17 fast-moving interceptor boats — which are designed for interdiction purposes should there be any emergencies requiring swift reaction.
“On human assets, we’ve got well-trained Special Forces from a variety of security agencies, such as navy, army and police, among other security agencies,” he explained.
The director-general said the bureau had integrated the assistance of the special police unit, C4I to run its intelligence-gathering centre.
According to him, the bureau has spent in a computer control and command centre that will be employed to effectively monitor activities on the waterways.
Mr Jamoh is known for the help of the press to publicise the bureau’s operations as well as educate the members of the general public on the actions of NIMASA.