Abuja MoU officially launched the Mentor/ Mentee scheme between Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Sierra Leone Maritime Administration (SLMA) for the overall improvement of PSC inspections in the region
t is expected to be mutually beneficial relationship for the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Sierra Leone Maritime Administration (SLMA). Not only will it help both organization build ties and offer networking opportunities for the inspectors, it is also a learning and development opportunity for both entities.
In attendance among other delegates from Abuja MoU, NIMASA and SLMA are Capt. Sunday Umoren, Secretary General, Abuja MoU; Rt. Hon. Engr. Victor Onyekachi Ochei, Executive Director, Maritime Labour & Cabotage Services, NIMASA representing the Director General of NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh and the Executive Director of the Sierra Leone Maritime Administration (SLMA), Paul Sobba Massaquoi respectively.
Five (5) Port State Control Officers (PSCOs) from Sierra Leone Maritime Administration (SLMA) are currently in Nigeria with Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) for a (two) 2 weeks on-the Job Training.
This program was conceived to provide technical support through on-the-job training and the exchange of ideas, with the primary aim of enhancing Port State Control Institutions in the African Region. I
Secretary-General Abuja MoU, Captain Sunday Umoren, emphasized the critical need to harmonize the control institution regime, as the current state of the port state control regime is having a detrimental impact on lives and the economy.
“To achieve this, it is expected that we facilitate a combined training of port state control officers within the region using the data base system across our region such as the Abuja MoU Information System (AMIS), the Global Integrated Ship Information System (GISIS) of the International Maritime Organisation among others,” he said.