***As DG  stresses commitment to capacity building of staff

Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh (second right), cutting the tape to open the NIMASA Knowledge Centre and E-library at the Nigerian Maritime Resource Development Centre (NMRDC) in Lagos, recently. He is flanked by Executive Director, Operations, Mr. Shehu Ahmed (second left); Director, Planning, Research, and Data Management Services, Mr. Anthony Ogadi (left), who represented the Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Mr. Chudi Ofodile; and Head, Library, Aisha Askira. 

By Sandra Chukwunyere

In line with efforts to bridge skill gap among it’s workforce which is vital for increased revenue generation , the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), has established an e-library, at the Nigerian Maritime Resource Development Centre, Lagos.
 The Director General, NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, while inaugurating the e-learning centre expressed the agency’s unwavering commitment to  capacity-building of staff members through its knowledge and research based initiatives. 
According to Dr. Jamoh, “You would agree with me that maritime is knowledge-based and we cannot afford to be left behind. 
“‘This is why we have upgraded this library beyond physical books to the electronic ones.
” The virtual nature of the library makes accessibility of reading materials seamless from any part of the world just with a touch of the button on your phone. We believe this would help Nigeria to diversify its economy and reduce tremendously the oil dependency, as this library is equipped to bridge the knowledge gap in our industry.”
  “By the official opening of the NIMASA Knowledge Centre E-library, we have once again shown beyond rhetoric that the Agency is committed to bequeathing treasured assets to Nigeria, Africa, and the global maritime community.” 
 He said beyond helping to build the capacity of workers, the library would serve as a resource Centre for the  growth and sustenance  of the country’s maritime,  as all reference materials relating to the industry would be housed there.
“As you know, libraries are not just facilities for warehousing books and periodicals, they are also important cornerstones of a healthy community,” the Director-General stated. He added, “More than just storage spaces for books, libraries are important community hubs that serve as centres of learning, professional development and healthcare, among other benefits.” While underscoring the importance of the NMRDC, the NIMASA DG  who likened the resource centre to the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, in Kaduna State, said it was designed as a training institution for the maritime industry.
Mr. Jamoh who said that the Maritime resource  Centre is world-class training centre expressed hope that the  purpose of the centre would be realised.
 “You can see it is designed to harbour students with a 44-apartment guest house where faculties and students can reside comfortably for a training period. It also has a world-class training centre and other facilities that can compete with the best in the world.”

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