Category: Opinion

According to press statement issued by Isichei Osamgbi, Deputy Director / Head Public Relations NIMASA said the Director General further stated that he was taken aback by the recent media reports trying to disparage the Agency on the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP). He noted that under the programme over 2,500 young Nigerians have benefited or are currently enjoying various levels of scholarship in reputable institutions in the United Kingdom, Egypt, Romania, India and Philippines.

The well attended meeting approved recommendations of a Sub Committee on Increasing Finance to MSMEs chaired by the Minister of National Planning, Dr. Abubakar Suleiman Olanrewaju. These include reduction in the collateral requirements for Participating Financial Institutions and Micro Finance Banks (MFBs) to 50 per cent.

It is unfortunate that the authors of that statement and their agents are only attempting yet again without success to discredit the Agency, having failed in doing so through the malicious lies on the purchase of the operational vessels, and attempt to discredit NIMASA success story which is currently training over 2,500 young Nigerians as seafarers.