The National Seafarers Development Program (NSDP) 2013 cadets are protesting at the Nigerian embassy in the Philippines, and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) said on Saturday that its management would be talking to them.
This information is found in a statement that Mr. Osagie Edward, Assistant Director of Public Relations at NIMASA in Lagos, has signed.
“We would like to inform the public that we are keeping an eye on the tragic incident involving NIMASA NSDP 2013 cadets in the Philippines, as seen in a recent online video.
And to reassure Nigerians that NIMASA has received ministerial authorisation for an assessment visit this October to determine the problems first-hand in order to completely and effectively address them, the official added.
He mentioned that Mr. Victor Ochei, the executive director of NIMASA’s maritime labor and cabotage services, would be in charge of the fact-finding mission to the Philippines, where it would interact with the school and the cadets.
“Since the issue precedes current administration by a considerable amount, we, as responsible management, must approach this from a position of knowledge.
We advise caution and the avoidance of any speculative reporting until the formal outcome of the on-the-spot evaluation to the Philippines is presented, he added, adding that we regret any embarrassment this may have caused all parties involved.