Ready with initial take-off grant of N1billion

The University of Lagos will have an additional institute, as the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is set establish an Institute for Maritime Studies in the university, with an initial take-off grant of one billion naira.

This was made known by the Director General/CEO of the Agency, Ziakede Akpobolokemi, when members of the University’s Committee for Sourcing of Financial Assistance from Public and Private Organisations, led by its chairman, Alhaji Adamu Hussaini, paid him a courtesy visit.

Akpobolokemi said, “The University of Lagos was selected as a beneficiary of one of these institutes for obvious reasons. It is located in the commercial nerve centre of the country. It is also situated in a coastal state and has had a long and impressive history in the development of human capacity in Nigeria. We have therefore decided to partner the University of Lagos to further develop manpower, especially in the maritime sector.”

The partnership, which has already been included in the 2012 budget, is part of the transformation agenda of the present administration to reposition the maritime sector and make it a hub in Africa. The director said his agency would soon liaise with the university to work out modalities for the take off, even as they continue to partner the university for human capacity building.

Hussaini, on his part, said that the University of Lagos was desirous to be a productive partner of NIMASA for the provision of a maritime vocational centre, a modern jetty and five ferry boats among other demands, by providing adequate
professionals that can collaborate with the Agency in the areas of technical and human capacity development.

The delegation also solicited assistance towards the institution’s 50th anniversary which is expected to take place later
in the year.

UNILAG is one of the four universities proposed by NIMASA for the establishment of Institutes of Maritime Studies. Others are IBB University Lapai, Niger State; Niger Delta University, Amasoma, Bayelsa State; and the University of Nigeria.

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