Press Release: MAN ACTING RECTOR HARPS ON CADETS WELFARE

The Acting Rector of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, Dr. Mkpandiok A. Mkpandiok has reiterated his administration’s commitment towards ensuring that the nation’s premier maritime education and training centre realises its vision of becoming internationally recognised as a centre of excellence. He made this known during a courtesy visit on him by the Executive members of the Akwa Ibom Students Parliament in his office recently.

The helmsman who was reacting to the Speaker of the association’s remarks about equipping Nigerian Students with entrepreneurial skills noted that his administration’s thrust at the development of the Academy is a drastic departure from the past, as Cadets’ Projects and interest are his Management's top priority.

Dr. M.A. Mkpandiok hinted that he has already allocated a building to be used as a Centre for the Entrepreneurial development of Cadets. Acknowledging the supremacy of God in the affairs of men, he said his administration would do anything within the ambit of its power to see to the actualisation of the “Change Begins With Me” initiative of President Mohammad Buhari, and ensure it becomes a part of life of those in the Academy.

The physically elated Acting Rector further appreciated the Students for their zest at restoring some decency on Nigerian campuses and expressed optimism that their programmes will go a long way to restore good morals in the youth.

Earlier, the Speaker of the Parliament and a final year student of the Communication Arts Department of the University of Uyo, Hon. Raphael Okon said the association is poised to carve a niche for the Nigerian Students.

 He noted that the association was borne out of the need to raise students who would not sit on the fence and criticise government anytime things go wrong rather would contribute meaningfully to salvage situations whenever the needs arises.

The Speaker who said the Parliament was established after the 2011 Uniuyo Crisis said the Parliament is made up of Students from the various tertiary institutions in the State.

He added that the Students Parliament is aimed at ensuring that Students imbibe a culture of respect as well as coordinate intellectual and academic exercises through collective ideas, interactive sessions, sensitization campaigns amongst others in the various institutions in Akwa Ibom State, an effort he said would keep crisis at bay.

Rahael Okon stated that apart from the Parliament’s  current sensitisation tour to different campuses tagged “Campus Tour Against Social Vices”, they also run a programme tagged SCAM, where they advocate Entrepreneurial Skills for Students.

The highpoint of the event was the conferment of the Youth Ambassador Award on the Acting Rector in view of his contributions to the development of the youths for the Maritime sector, an award that conveys the prefix “His Excellency” to the name of the Acting Rector. The courtesy call culminated with the Association’s  presentation of a birthday cake to the Acting Rector.

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Corporate Affairs Department

MAN, Oron.

Press Release: MAN Acting Rector Seeks Collaboration with IOCs on Educational Facilities

The Acting Rector of Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, Dr. Mkpandiok Ante Mkpandiok has appealed to the IOCs in Nigeria to collaborate with Nation’s premier maritime education and training institution in the provision of some educational facilities which are lacking in the institution, in other  to enable the institution continue to deliver on its mandate effectively.

Dr. Mkpandiok who made the appeal during the flag-off of the maiden edition of the NAOC/NNPC and OANDO Joint Venture Seafarers Training Programme in the Academy recently, expressed appreciation to the JV Partners on behalf of the Management Staff, Cadets and Students of MAN, Oron, for making  the Academy the institution of choice in the training of Seafarers.

He hinted the JV Partners that the Academy has met the requirements of the global maritime watch dog, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), this he said keeps the Country as a member nation in the IMO’s White List which is the reason vessels still continue to berth in Nigeria’s shores.

He further stated that the Academy has against all odds continued to provide qualitative training for various levels of personnel required for running and operating ships of the merchant navy and other related services in the Maritime and Allied Industries of which the Joint Venture is a significant part.

He however stated that the Academy, like any other institution is not without challenges and expressed optimism that the new partnership brings hope that some of the Academy’s pressing needs would become history.

He listed the challenges plaguing the premier maritime education and training institution to include lack of a training ship, a Survival Swimming Pool, backlog of Cadets without Mandatory Sea Time Experience, inadequate educational facilities like GMDSS, Engine and Radar ARPA, ECDIS Simulators and the need to equip the just completed e-library with e-books, e-journals and other relevant documents for cadets practical training.

According to the Acting Rector these facilities when provided would put the Academy in a better position to continue to provide that quality of maritime education and training that competes favourably on the global maritime landscape

“In view of the significance of the partnership, there is a compelling need to raise the bar in the quality of services rendered to end-users. We strongly believe that this would put us in a better position to continue to provide that quality of maritime education and training that competes favourably on the global maritime landscape”, Mkpandiok stressed.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Mr. Chris Ngige, represented by the State Controller of Labour, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Mrs. Tonye Thom-Manuel, said that he was delighted over the Corporate Social Responsibility initiative by the Joint Venture Partners towards addressing some critical needs of the maritime sector as well as youth restiveness in their host communities.

The Labour Minister maintained that the Ministry would not hesitate to offer their professional advice and guidance whenever the need arises and encouraged that it would be impressive if the initiative is sustained.


Speaking on behalf of OANDO Oil Ltd., the representative of the Managing Director, Mr. Massimo Insulla disclosed that OANDO has always been an active partner and contributor to the manpower development of the youths from its Host Communities in particular and the Nigerian maritime sector in general.

He stated that the essence of the programme which is to bridge the manpower gap in the maritime sector is targeted towards training young graduates from the Host Communities of the JV partners.

Insulla stressed that the need to train Seafarers for the maritime sector was conceived when the Executive Committee of the Oil Producers’ Trade Section (OPTS-Excom) nominated NAOC as lead company on Marine CDI.

Mr. Insulla therefore reiterated the company’s commitment to the success of the programme, “this event is extremely important as it is the first in the history of capacity building programmes sponsored by the Joint Venture and we as the operators are committed to seeing these initiatives to a successful end,” he affirmed.

On his part, the Director of MAN Consultancy Services, Dr. Kevin Okonna, disclosed that the training programme which has a complementary part of sea service on board a Ship, is designed in collaboration with STWC and NIMASA Template and guidelines, and called on the oil firms to ensure the trainees acquire all stages of the training to qualify them as certified Seafarers.

The highpoint of the event which featured eminent personalities from the Oil and Gas Industries was the flag-off of the training programme by the Queen of Tombrass Kingdom, Her Royal Majesty, Dr. Josephine Diette-Spiff who was the Chairman of the occasion.

 

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Corporate Affairs Department

MAN, Oron. 

Press Release: MAN ACTING RECTOR TASKS HOST COMMUNITY ON GOOD CONDUCT

The Acting Rector of Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, Mr. Mkpandiok A. Mkpandiok has advised the people of Oro Nation against acts of blackmail, petition writing and character assassination but to remain supportive to the plans of the Federal Government which is to make the Academy a world-class Maritime institution in no distant time.

This the Acting Rector said during a courtesy visit on him by the Executive Members of MAN, Host Community Relations Committee, recently.

The Acting Rector of MAN, Oron, who congratulated Members of the Committee on their appointment into the third contiguous Host Community Relations Committee, expressed gratitude to the Academy's Host Community for providing a rancour-free environment for the Academy’s successful operations.

The elated helmsman appreciated them for the confidence reposed in his administration and promised to remain firm in his determination to steer the Academy’s ship to safe-landing.

He intimated the committee members of the Federal Government’s preparedness to transform the Academy to a University, expressing hope that with upgrade in facilities and curriculum the Academy would be ready for the transformation, and further solicited for a peaceful coexistence between all the people constituting the Host Communities to allow for development.

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Apparently impressed by the leadership style of the Acting Rector, Pastor Mkpandiok A. Mkpandiok, members who took their turns to speak glowingly commended the Acting Rector for his administration’s stand on Government’s policy of transparency, discipline, teamwork and anti-corruption as well as his Management’s prompt attention to Corporate Social Responsibility matters.

First to speak was the Chairman of MAN Host Community Relations Committee, Pastor Bassey O. Umoh, who said that as an agent of positive change, the Acting Rector’s  tenure has showcased a very high level of leadership within the short period it has existed.

According to the Committee Chairman, Mr. Ante Mkpandiok has established sound academic culture and serene regimented academic environment.He also expressed hope that with the present day Academy’s helmsman holding the forte, the future of the Academy is brighter and more secured, too.

The Committee Chairman appealed to the Management of the institution to sustain its Corporate Social Responsibility to the Host Communities through training of their youths in various skills, using the Academy’s Short Courses Training Programme, Award of contracts in line with the deferral Government Local Content Policy, admission quota to the Host Community; award of scholarship for indigent Cadets and Students of Eyo Abasi Host Community, Financial assistance for the upkeep of the Committee among others requests.

Speaking separately, a former Permanent Secretary in Akwa Ibom State Government and a prominent daughter of Oro, Mrs. Ivy Esin, and former Vice Chairman of Oron Local Government Area, Hon. Okon Asuquo Eyo described the Acting Rector as a seasoned administrator with unwavering commitment and deep passion for the repositioning of the institution to meet international best standards.

They noted that the entire Oro Nation will remain ever grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari if the Academy becomes a University and Pastor Mkpandiok who holds a distinguished record as an astute administrator and one of the sound lecturers in the Academy is given the opportunity to mid-wife the headship of the institution to its University Degree Awarding Status.

“From our findings, the present Acting Rector of the Academy had worked directly with not less than five past Rectors of the Academy and could be termed a thorough-bred, therefore, if you keenly follow the staff progression indices and events in the Academy, you will conclude that the search for a qualified substantive Rector for the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron is not supposed to be a hard search, if the track records of the current Acting Rector/Registrar of MAN Oron were placed on a scale” they posited.

It could be recalled that the MAN Community Relations Committee was established years ago to serve as a mediator between the community and the Academy, and the committee has since been playing significant roles in the development of the institution.

 

Corporate Affairs Desk

MAN, Oron.

Press Release: MAN ACTING RECTOR TASKS HOST COMMUNITY ON GOOD CONDUCTS

The Acting Rector of Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, Mr. Mkpandiok A. Mkpandiok has advised the people of Oro Nation against acts of blackmail, petition writing and character assassination urging them rather to remain supportive of the plans of the Federal Government to make the Academy a world-class Maritime institution in no distant time.

This the Acting Rector said during a courtesy visit on him by the Executive Members of MAN, Host Community Relations Committee in his office, recently.

The CEO congratulated the Chairman and Members on their appointment as the third successive  executives of the contiguous Host Community to the Academy and expressed gratitude to them for providing a rancour-free environment for the Academy’s successful operations.

The elated helmsman appreciated them for the confidence reposed in his administration and promised to remain firm in his determination to steer the Academy’s ship to safe berthing.

He intimated the Committee members of the Federal Government’s preparedness to transform the Academy to a University, expressing hope that with an upgrade in facilities and curriculum the Academy would be ready for the transformation. He further solicited peaceful coexistence between all the people constituting the Host Communities to allow time for meaningful development.

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Apparently impressed by the leadership style of Mr. Mkpandiok A. Mkpandiok, members who took their turns to speak commended the Acting Rector for his administration’s stand on Government’s policy of transparency, discipline, teamwork and anti-corruption as well as his Management’s prompt attention to Corporate Social Responsibility matters.

First to speak was the Chairman of the Committee, Pastor Bassey O. Umoh, who noted that as an agent of positive change, the Acting Rector’s  tenure has showcased a very high level of leadership within the short period it has existed.

According to the Committee Chairman, Mr. M. A. Mkpandiok has established sound academic culture and brought back the serene, regimented academic environment the Academy was reputed for.He expressed hope that Mr. Mkpandiok would be confirmed as substantive  Rector of the Academy to enable the institution regain its past glory.

The Committee Chairman appealed to the Management of the institution to sustain its Corporate Social Responsibility to the Host Communities through training of their youths in various skills, including involving them in the Academy’s Short Courses Training Programme, Award of Contracts in line with the Federal Government’s Local Content Policy, Upholding of Admission Quota to the Host Community; Award of Scholarship to indigent Cadets and Students of Eyo Abasi Host Community, as well as financial assistance for the upkeep of the Committee, among other requests.

Speaking separately, a former Permanent Secretary in Akwa Ibom State Government and a prominent daughter of Oro, Mrs. Ivy Esin, and former Vice Chairman of Oron Local Government Area, Hon. Okon Asuquo Eyo described the Acting Rector as a seasoned administrator with unwavering commitment and deep passion for the repositioning of the institution to meet international best practices.

They noted that the entire Oro Nation will remain ever grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari if the Academy becomes a University and Mr. Mkpandiok who holds a distinguished record as an astute administrator and once lecturer in the Academy is given the opportunity to mid-wife the headship of the institution to its University Status.

“From our findings, the present Acting Rector of the Academy had worked directly with not less than five past Rectors of the Academy and could be termed a thorough-bred, therefore, if you keenly follow the staff progression indices and events in the Academy, you will conclude that the search for a qualified substantive Rector for the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron is not supposed to be a hard search, if the track records of the current Acting Rector/Registrar of MAN Oron were placed on a scale” they posited.

It could be recalled that the MAN Community Relations Committee was established in 2001 to serve as a mediator between the community and the Academy, and the Committee had since been playing significant roles in the development of the institution.

 

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Corporate Affairs Desk,

 

MAN, Oron.

Press Release: MAN Alumni Holds Her National Convention

All is now set for the National Convention of the Alumni of Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron (AMANO) billed to take place in Oron and Uyo from 1st to 3rd of November, 2017. The event tagged, “IBOM 2017” with the theme Maritime Frontiers: Reflection of the Past, Vision for the future”, would feature paper presentations on Thursday, 2nd November, 2017 by captains and master mariners in the maritime industry from 10:40 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. and a Novelty Football Match between the AMANO Football Stars and MAN All-Stars Football club by 4:00 p.m. at the Academy football field.

On the 3rd of November, 2017 the event will continue in Uyo with more paper presentations in the afternoon and an Award/Gala Night in Emerald Event Centre.

The Alumni were received earlier today at the Ibom International Airport and a guard-of-honour mounted by Cadets of the Academy.

In a chat with the Director of Corporate Affairs, Mr. Siddi E. Mkpandiok in his office, the AMANO President,Engr. Austin Umezurike said the AMANO as an umbrella body of ex-cadets of the institution, to ensure them would serve as a source of inspiration to cadets of the Academy that their future is bright and secured.

 

The AMANO President who emphasised the importance of for symbiotic relationship between the Alumni and the Academy noted that such would serve the interests of the Cadets, the Academy and the Maritime Sector of the nation as a whole.

 He added that AMANO was working on its website which according to him would bridge the gap between the Alumni and Cadets of the Academy, as well as serve the interest of the populace of the Academy.

Responding the elated MAN Image Maker, described the home-coming of the ex-cadets to contribute to the development of their alma mater as a dream come true, stressing that the commencement of AMANO activities with its first-ever Annual Convention in the main campus was indicative of reliable goals and sustainable goodwill.

He expressed the hope that partnership would enhance the respect and wellbeing of all parties concerned.

He thanked the President for his focused leadership and wished the Alumni a splendid outing in their programmes, both in Oron and Uyo.

 

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Corporate Affairs Department.

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