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NIMASA increases welfare package for NSDP cadets by $2000 each

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, (NIMASA) have increased the allowances of each of the current 134 Cadets on the scholarship of the agency under its capacity empowerment programme, the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP),  by an additional $2000 each to cushion the biting effects of the global economic downturn, especially in the countries of their study.The review followed the galloping inflation in the Philippines, India and other countries where the Nigerian cadets are undergoing Certificate of Competency (CoC) Examination training. The sponsorship covers training leading to obtaining a Certificate of Competency, CoC.According to the press statement by Osagie Edward, the Assistant Director, Public Relations of NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh, the Director General of the agency,  noted that the review of ongoing sponsorship costs has become necessary due to the global inflationary trends.“We are not unmindful of the unforeseen global inflationary trend which has affected the cost of sustaining our cadets on sponsorship in some schools under the NSDP programme.“Though NIMASA paid the tuition fee, examination fee and the original cost of feeding and accommodation in full, with allowance for extra funds as pocket money, however, it’s obvious that the cost of living has increased particularly in the Philippines due to the global inflation.“The Agency is working closely with the Nigerian Embassy in the Philippines to address the challenges associated with the unexpected price increases.“We have put in place immediate and long-term arrangements to minimize the effect of inflation on their living standard during the programme.“The Management of the Agency has approved an additional $2,000 dollars for each cadet, as extra fund due to inflation.“This is a short-term measure to cushion the effect. I am sure the Nigerian Embassy will contact the students immediately after the funds are ready to be disbursed. It is a well-coordinated arrangement through the embassy.“While working closely with the Nigerian Embassy in the Philippines to establish appropriate extra funds that may be required, NIMASA Management is deploying a team on fact-finding to interact with the students currently in the Philippines, officials of the Nigerian Embassy, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), Philippines, some Licensure Examination Training & Review Centres (TRCs).“146 cadets have acquired the Philippines sailing license through the NSDP programme with 134 currently undergoing the Programme and a further 170 being prepared to proceed to the Philippines for the examinations.”The Agency has also made firm arrangements to ensure those cadets who have spent the stipulated six months approved for the CoC programme in the Philipines return home immediately.NIMASA urged the cadets to ensure they conclude their CoC examinations as scheduled.NIMASA initiated the Nigerian Seafarers’ Development Programme (NSDP) in 2008 with the aim of addressing the dearth of Nigerian seafarers on ocean-going vessels and the need to meet the indigenous manning requirements of coastal and inland shipping (Cabotage regime).The programme is designed to train Nigerian youth to become seafarers and Naval Architects in some of the best Maritime Training Institutions (MTIs) across the World.So far the Agency has trained 2,241 cadets from the inception of the programme, with 841 graduates having obtained sailing licenses (Certificate of Competency) from Maritime Administrations of various countries.Out of this number, around 388 are now gainfully employed in maritime-related organizations, while others are in their final stages of the Programme.

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