The Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Major General Barry Ndiomu (rtd) has sought the partnership of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) as part of efforts to provide new vistal of opportunities for Nigerian youths.
The Amnesty Interim Boss made the request on a visit to the Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh on Tuesday in Lagos, where he also canvassed more assistance and cooperation of international stakeholders for the scheme.
Ndiomu applauded the DG and his team for redefined innovations of safety and security of Nigeria’s Maritime Industry.Gen. Ndiomu Visits EU Office, Seeks Collaboration with PAP
He said, “I’m aware of your outstanding achievements, particularly in the obvious reduction of piracy on the Gulf of Guinea.”
Ndiomu while intimating Dr. Bashir Jamoh of his agenda for the PAP said “my vision is to chart a new path for the Amnesty Programme by upholding the principal objectives of government, by bringing innovative ideas, setting a new Management structure of wealth creation for the teeming youths, instead of depending on monthly stipends, to pave way for a more prosperous future.”
The amnesty boss boasted that the programme has trained a good number of youths in higher learning institutions across the globe that are specializing in Deep Sea Diving, Underwater Welding, Marine Engineering and other professional sub-fields in maritime sector, Hence, lamenting that even after all these trainings, many of them remain in the labour market.
Ndiomu pressed further, seeking the possibility of workable partnership between both establishments. “We are looking at technical support from NIMASA, job placement opportunities in NIMASA for our qualified delegates,” he added.
While responding, Dr. Barshir Jamoh said that the Maritime industry in Nigeria can sustainably engage the numbering youths if only they can grab the opportunities abound in the industry and make foreign earnings out of it.
Dr. Barshir noted that the meeting is timely and clarion call shedding the essentials meeting to synergize efforts as both are somewhat related.
He recalled that in 2021 when he visited the Amnesty Office in Abuja, there was an agreement to form a Joint Board Meeting to drive more conversations for collaboration.
He equally noted that this is a critical time for NIMASA and PAP to have a robust relationship, adding that “the international community is already commending Nigeria for the successes recorded in addressing Maritime insecurity in the country”.
“Both the Nigerian government and international committee are watching to see if the tempo can be sustained,” he said.
Moreover, Jamoh suggested that to sustain the current tempo, it is important to fully empower and reintegrate beneficiaries of the Amnesty Programme into the society.
He informed that NIMASA has trained over 4,000 Nigerians internationally under the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme, majority of whom are from the Niger Delta region.