As part of measures to enhance professionalism and global acceptability of Nigerian seamen, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, has commenced an online application system that will facilitate the verification of Nigeria’s seafarers’ Certificates of Competency CoC anywhere in the world.
NIMASA, Nigeria’s apex maritime regulatory organ in addition to performing port and flag state control and other regulatory functions is also charged with the function of regulating the dock labour industry as well as promoting the general welfare of seafarers.
The new CoC verification system, which provides proof of the authenticity of certificates carried by Nigerian seamen, was presented to maritime stakeholders recently in Lagos at an interactive forum organised by the agency to highlight the special features of the new system.
Director General of NIMASA, Mr. Ziakede Patrick Akpobolokemi, who spoke at the event, noted that the initiative was part of the agency’s efforts to ensure that operations of NIMASA are in line with acceptable International best practice.
According to the DG who was represented the agency’s Executive Director in charge of Maritime Safety and Shipping Development, Captain. Ezekiel Agaba, explained that the online CoC verification system is cost effective and much more reliable.
“Our commitment to ensure professionalism in the Nigerian maritime industry is unflinching. Our goal is to attain maximum efficiency in the process of certificate verifications, which can now be done from any part of the world at any time.
The era of fake certificate is over in the industry”, he said. He however enjoined shipping companies seeking to ascertain the authenticity of the CoC of Nigerian seafarers should utilise the opportunity offered by the online method, which he argued is the trend among developed maritime nations.
The NIMASA-boss also assured stakeholders of the agency’s commitment to continue to build the required capacity to meet the domestic and international obligations adding that that could only be achieved through collective determination.