A group of 20 young Nigerians, sponsored by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), has successfully completed their training at the Nigerian Navy Underwater Warfare School in Navy Town, Ojo, Lagos State. The graduation ceremony, held in collaboration with the Nigerian Navy and Mieka Dive Training Institute (MDTI), marked the conclusion of a five-month commercial air dive training program organized by the NCDMB. The graduates received certifications as Class-I and Class-II divers.
During the ceremony, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote, the Executive Secretary of NCDMB, highlighted the growing expansion of the Nigerian offshore industry, particularly in the deep offshore basin, and the need for enhanced skills development to support strategic projects. Wabote noted that the professional diving industry in Nigeria is currently dominated by foreigners, and this training program aims to address this situation.
The NCDMB is committed to developing Nigerian content in the oil and gas industry and related sectors, with a strong focus on human capital development to address identified skill gaps. Wabote expressed gratitude to the Nigerian Navy and Mieka Dive Institute for their dedication to safety and the successful execution of the training program without any incidents.
He said that the participants’ newly acquired skills and knowledge have made them valuable assets, aligning with the NCDMB’s strategic objective of building a pool of qualified Class-I and Class-II divers. Wabote encouraged the graduates to continue honing their skills and certifications to meet global industry demands, as a bright future awaits those willing to put in the effort.
Rear Admiral Patrick Nwatu, represented by Cmdr. Adamu Yahaya, the Commandant of NNS Quorra, commended the graduates for their discipline, hard work, determination, and excellence. He underscored the collaboration between the Nigerian Navy and Mieka Dive Limited in conducting commercial air diving training at the Underwater Warfare School since 2011, resulting in the successful training of these graduates.
Cmdr. Adewuyi urged the graduates to be exemplary ambassadors of the school and wished them success as they embark on their commercial diving careers.
The presentation of certificates and awards recognized outstanding achievements among the graduates, with William Godsgift receiving the Best Student at Practicals award, Animiuworio Direla earning the Best Behaved Student Award, and Edemu Anthonia recognized as the Best Student with an average score of 83%.
The Overall Best Student, with a total average score of 85.6%, was awarded to Aladdin John.
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