THE Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, has stated that one of the reasons behind the organisation of the annual essay competitions as part of the activities to commemorate the 2019 World Maritime Day is to encourage youth participation in the maritime sector.
The Director General of the Agency, Dakuku Peterside, who made this known in a statement in Lagos, described the youth as the future of the sector and that NIMASA would continue to do all it can to encourage them to pursue careers and investment opportunities in the maritime industry after graduation.
“This is the third edition of the annual competition specifically designed for students in Nigerian tertiary institutions in order to stimulate research and scholarship to build their knowledge and appreciation of the maritime industry,” he said.
The Director General, who is also the Chairman of the African Association of Maritime Administrations, AAMA, observed that massive investment in the maritime industry will help to create employment, diversify the nation’s economy and provide additional sources of income beyond crude oil and its derivatives.
Speaking on the topic and prizes for the winners of the essay competition, Peterside noted that this year’s topic for the essay competition is “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community” which is in line with the theme of the 2019 World Maritime Day celebration.
He added that the winner would go home with N500,000 educational grant and a laptop, while the winning essay would be published in the NIMASA magazine, The Voyage.
He further disclosed that the 1st and 2nd runners up would get educational grants worth N350,000 and N250,000 respectively as well as laptops, while consolation prizes of N100,000 would be given as educational grants to seven other runners up.
A statement by NIMASA in Lagos said that in the last three years, NIMASA organised the essay competition as part of the activities to celebrate the world maritime day.
“In line with the already published guidelines of the essay competition, only first and second year students of Nigerian tertiary institutions are eligible to participate in the competition. The essay of not less than 1,200 words must beforwarded to [email protected] and [email protected] on or before September 12, 2019,” the statement added.
– Sept. 9, 2019 @ 12:50 GMT |