|Nigerians part of Namfi graduates||| Print ||
|Friday, 19 March 2010 05:47|
by Albertina Nakale
WALVIS BAY – Ten Nigerian students last week graduated in welding at the Namibian Maritime and Fisheries Institute (Namfi) through a cooperation programme with a Norwegian Educational Institute called Rogaland Training and Education Centre (RKK).RKK officially opened their African head office in Walvis Bay last October. It is situated at Namfi.
The United Nations Institute for Training and Research and RKK signed an agreement on capacity building and training for Nigerians in 2008.
The training took place in Norway and Namibia. During the graduation ceremony, RKK Managing Director Ole Imsland said they work in many countries such as Angola, Mozambique and Rwanda.
“It is not easy to come from Norway. So we had to find a place to do our business from here. We have our main office in Walvis Bay and hope many students will be trained here,” he said.
“The ceremony was also graced by Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Dr Abraham Iyambo, who said the celebration is a friendship of three countries – namely Nigeria, Norway and Namibia.
He told guests that Namfi around 1996 was a dilapidated centre, adding that it had no proper board or management.
“It was not well staffed with Namibians, it lacked teaching materials and could not meet international standards,” he said.
The minister proudly said today that Namfi has the best lecturers and teaching materials due to the contribution made by the private sector, in particular the fishing industry.
He applauded the graduates for their performance.
“We are happy to receive more Nigerians since they behaved so well. This is what we need to do as a continent based on good values and culture. I hope you discussed African values during your training,” said Dr Iyambo.
Namibia, Iyambo added, is committed to economic development and capacity building. According to him, Namibia is a product of international solidarity.
“Many of us grew up in other countries and Nigeria is one of them. Doors are open to our brothers and sisters from Africa for prosperity and a success walk,” he added.