Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, has promised consistent capacity building through its knowledge and research-based initiatives to develop a world-class maritime. Jamoh made this known during the official launch of the agency’s e-library at the Nigerian Maritime Resource Development Centre (NMRDC) in Lagos. He said as a knowledge-based industry with huge opportunities, there was the need to encourage research to enable the Nigerian maritime sector to reach its full potential. The NIMASA boss stated: “You will agree with me that maritime is knowledge-based and we cannot afford to be left behind. This is why we have upgraded this library beyond physical books to the electronic ones. The virtual nature of the library makes accessibility of reading materials seamless from any part of the world just with a touch of the button on your phone. “
We believe this will help Nigeria to diversify its economy and reduce tremendously the oil dependency, as this library is equipped to bridge the knowledge gap in our industry.” Jamoh added: “By the official opening of the NIMASA Knowledge Centre E-library, we have once again shown beyond rhetoric that the agency is committed to bequeathing assets to Nigeria, Africa and the global maritime community.” He said the library would help to preserve the country’s maritime history and advance the industry, as it would house a lot of reference materials. The NIMASA DG also spoke on the NMRDC, which he said was designed as a training institution for the maritime industry. He likened the resource centre to the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna State, which serves as a training facility for the security services.
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