School of Nautical Studies

PHILOSOPHY
The School of Nautical Studies was established to provide sound academic and professional education and training for Nigerian midshipmen and women, provide a strong foundation for young Nigerians wishing to build a career in hydrographic surveys and environmental support and to train middle level manpower for Nigeria’s hydrography industry. The School has expanded her scope to provide training in Marine Meteorology and Research which are essential in building competent and well-rounded mariners. The programmes are intended to impart both theoretical knowledge and practical skills to students in the relevant field to equip and make them effective within any modern, sophisticated organization within the transportation and offshore industry.

MISSION
The Mission of the School of Nautical Studies is to consistently strive to provide our cadets and students competitive and quality education that meets their training needs, in a conducive teaching and learning environment. Our friendly, knowledgeable and professional staff will help inspire, educate and problem-solve for our cadets and students.

VISION
To be recognized and respected as the premier trainer of the best and most sought after deck cadets and allied professionals in Nigeria.

BRIEF HISTORY
The School of Nautical Studies was originally created as the Department of Nautical Science when the Nautical College of Nigeria, Oron (now Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron) was established in 1977. Following the restructuring of the Maritime Academy in 2006, the Department of Nautical Science was made a school with two departments – Maritime Safety and Nautical Science - under the charge of a full-fledged Director of Studies. Recently two more Departments, that is, Department of Hydrography and Department of Meteorology and Marine Research were created, bringing the total number of departments in the School to four.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DEPARTMENTS
The School of Nautical Studies consists of two fully functional departments and two new new ones, namely:

1 Department of Nautical Studies
The Department of Nautical Science is the arm of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, whose primary function is to prepare Nigerian midshipmen and women for a career at sea and the Officer in Charge of Navigational Watch Certificate of Competency examinations.

2 Department of Maritime Safety
The functions of the Department of Maritime Safety includes the training of cadets, students and other trainees from the maritime industry on STCW 1995 mandatory and advanced courses as well as other short courses they require in other to be certificated as shipboard officers or be eligible for employment in the Nigerian maritime industry.

3. Department of Hydrography (New)
The Department of Hydrography was established to prepare students for a career in hydrographic surveying and environmental support, for the primary purpose of safety of navigation and all other marine purposes and activities, including economic development, security and defence, scientific research, and environmental protection and to stem the shortage of manpower in the field of hydrography in Nigeria.

4. Department of Meteorology and Marine Research (New)
The Department of Meteorology and Marine Research is the youngest department in the School of Nautical Studies. Its functions are the organisation of courses of instructions on marine meteorology for cadets and students and to organise and coordinate academic research in the Academy including the publication of relevant journals, books and periodicals as an avenue to show-case the intellectual, scholastic and professional competence of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron.

TRAINING FACILITIES
The School of Nautical Studies has many facilities under the various departments for the training of students. These include the Fire bay for conducting basic and advanced Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting demonstrations, a Survival Pool for Personal Survival and Proficiency in Survival Craft training, Boatyard with boats for cadets routine practical training in practical navigation and seamanship. In addition, the school has a Meteorology Laboratory and Weather observatory for training in Meteorology and a Navigational Aids Laboratory for training cadets and students in Electronic navigational aids and Hydrographic Surveying equipment. The School of Nautical Studies also has a School Library equipped with relevant up-to-date books and journals.

STAFFING

Dr Egben O. Okore joined the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, in 1994 as Senior Lecturer in the Department of Nautical Studies. He is a seasoned mariner and holds a Class II Deck Officer’s (Foreign-Going) Certificate of Competency from the United Kingdom. He has a Master’s degree in Maritime Education and Training from the World Maritime University, Malmo, Sweden. He also holds a PhD degree in Educational Administration and Planning from the University of Calabar, Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria. He is now the Director of the School of Nautical Studies.
Dr Egben O. Okore  


The School of Nautical Studies is headed by a Director of School, supported by four Heads of Departments and many ex-seafarers including Master Mariners, in addition to PhD degree holders in different fields of specialization.

S/N

TITLE

NAME

QUALIFICATION

1.

Ag. Director (SNS)

CAPT. G. E. OKWU

Master Class I, Dip of Apl Sc(Shipmaster) 1990,MNI (1990) FCILT 2016

2.

HOD (NS)

CAPT. FATAI BALOGUN

BSc. Nautical Science (1980) Master Class I (1989)

3.

HOD (MMR)

DR. JOHN ADEYANJU

PhD Geography

4.

Conf. Secretary I

EFFIOM, GRACE ETIM

HND Secretarial Studies (2003)

5.

Admin Officer II

ABASIURUA, EMEM N.

BSc Home Econs Edu (2012)

6.

Executive Officer

BASSEY, IMAOBONG IMOH

ND Business Admin (2011) 

7.

HEO

ASUQUO, PATIENCE ETIM

HND Accountancy (2014)

8.

Executive Officer

DUNYA, MARY THLAWUR

NCE (Math) (2009)

9.

Executive Officer

ISHMAEL, GLORY OTIKOR

ND Business Studies (2006)

10.

Admin Officer II

OMOYUGBO, OLANIYI S.

BA (Ed) History (2009)

11.

Senior Lecturer

BISAYO, JOSEPH A.

IHO Cat “A” Hydro (2013) MSc. GIS 1998

12.

Lecturer II

SAM, ANTHONY ANIEKAN

MSc Hydrography (2012)