The Minister commented that the centre would have saved the Federal Government foreign exchange that would have been used in training personnel abroad.

He continued that this step shows that government is desirous of encouraging local content development towards growing the economy.

It is a testament that we are attaining the status of the desired maritime destination of choice. This facility would attract professionals from within and outside the country

... Amaechi stated.

In the meantime, the Managing Director of NPA, Hadiza Bala-Usman, noted in light of the new centre that the centre signals the Federal Government’s preparedness and firm resolve at competing global maritime space.

She highlighted that the simulation centre is expected to engender greater operational efficiency in the activities of the organisation with the expectant patronage from within Africa and indeed globally.

Moreover, the centre is included in the authority's strategic positioning and intent at becoming the leading powers in port services in Africa and beyond.

Yet, the Managing Director urged administrators of the facility and stakeholders to always observe required Standard Operational Procedures (SOP), adding that the NPA would prioritise maintenance of the Centre.

Also speaking at the event, NPA Board Chairman, Emmanuel Adesoye, stated the new facility will help in advancing the industry forward much as it would result in boosting the nation’s economy.