The Registrar and Acting Rector of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, Mr Mkpandiok A. Mkpandiok has on behalf of his Management, Staff Cadets and Students of the instituiton congratulated the Director General of Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside over his emergence as the new Chairman of African Maritime Administrators (AAMA) at the third conference of the association.


He described Dr. Dakuku Peterside as a rare breed and dedicated technocrat who is bringing fruition to the Federal Government’s plans for maritime administration in Nigeria.


 Mr. Mkpandiok said Dakuku has so far displayed sincerity of purpose with genuine commitment to probity, transparency and accountability since he assumed the tasking responsibility of administering the country's maritime administration agency, NIMASA.


He further commended his rare leadership style and great administrative acumen, adding that his nomination did not come as a surprise to stakeholders and keen observers in the industry owing to his displayed ingenuity and astuteness in his present position of responsibility.

“Indeed, his performance in NIMASA can best be described as a study in pragmatism, he has infused discipline in the running of the agency's activities” he noted.


While pledging MAN, Oron Management's unflinching support, he expressed optimism that the NIMASA Boss will leave giant prints in his additional responsibility, and called for cooperation from all to enable him move the maritime industry to enviable heights.


It is pertinent to state that the NIMASA Helmsman since assumption of office has demonstrated his desire to also make the nation’s premier maritime training institution a success story.




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Press Release: MAN Intensifies Staff Training

The Ag. Rector of Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, Dr.  (Engr) Anthony A. Ishiodu has said his administration has intensified its efforts towards ensuring quality work productivity among Staff of the institution, especially as the International Maritime States Audit Scheme (IMSAS) is drawing near.

The Academy’s helmsman who made this indication known during the 3-days intensive workshop held for the Staff of Bursary and Audit Departments of the Academy commended the Heads of Bursary and Audit Departments, Mr. F. A. Kayode and Mr. Sunday Okwong-udo for their passion in promoting excellence among their Staff.

The CEO further noted that his Management would provide the participants with laptops and other necessary items which according to him would help enhance work performance and also help them to be goal-oriented.

He charged participants to imbibe all aspects of the information that would be made available to them during the course of the workshop and ensure strict compliance and application where necessary.

Also speaking the Academy’s Bursar, Mr. F. A. Kayode thanked participants and urged them to bring to fore their best during the training while imbibing the critical aspects of the training.

Mr. Kayode opined that the workshop which is centred on Treasury Single Account (TSA) and Government Integrated Financial Management Information Systems ( GIFMIS) is targeted towards broadening the Staff’s knowledge on the workings of the platforms.

Also present to take Staff on the practical aspects of the training were Mr. Sesan Oye and colleague, Mr. Adekola Adegoke of Integrated Personel Payroll System (IPPIS), Abuja.

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The 6-Man Interim Management Committee recently inaugurated by the Honourable Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Chibuke Ameachi had since begun work in the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron. Their mandate is to implement the recommendations made on the best way to  restructure and reposition the nation’s premier maritime training and education centre  for global competitiveness.

Addressing Directors and Heads of Departments in the institution, the Chairman of the Committee, Chief Adebayo Sarumi said the Committee’s recommendations is targeted towards translating the Change Agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari in the Academy into tangible terms.

 He noted that the Federal Government is committed to reviving the mission and vision of the institution, which was established, with the aim of developing qualified personnel for the maritime sector.

Chief Sarumi explained that the restructuring and repositioning exercise would call for the review of the Academy’s Act.

According to him, the supervisory role of the Ministry, the institution’s curricula, training facilities, allocation and spacing of physical facilities to suit academics as well as Cadets related activities and the functions and processes of support departments would also be reviewed.



While the Rector of the Academy, Commodore Duja Effedua (Rtd.) admitted that his relationship with the Staff would be defined by their commitment to their work, “you can make me succeed, but you cannot make me fail” he stressed. Engr. Olu Akinsoji, On his part, said that the Committee came as a last resort for the Academy to attain expectations of its founding fathers, in his words “We are here to right the wrongs”.

The Committee which arrived the Academy last Thursday was divided into 6 sub-committees, each headed by a member commenced intensive work with Directors and Departmental Heads.

The sub-committees are the Registry arm chaired by the former Administrator of the Academy, Engr. I. Olu Akinsoji; the Nautical arm chaired by former CEO, Nigerian Shippers Council, Capt. Adamu Biu; the  Marine Engineering Arm chaired by CEO of Starzs Investment Company, Engr. Greg Ogbeifun; the Maritime Safety arm chaired by the Rector of the Academy, Commodore Duja Effedua (Rtd.) assisted by the Director of MAN Consultancy, Dr. Kevin Okonna; while Arc. Otu Ita Otoyo, assisted by the Rector chaired the Works and Services arm, the last sub-committee, the Finance Arm has the Rector as Chairman.

Meanwhile, the Registrar of the Academy, Dr. Mkpandiok A. Mkpandiok had on Wednesday officially informed Directors and Heads of Departments of the Academy of the formal inauguration of an interim Management Committee and the appointment of a Rector for the institution.



This he said was in line with the efforts of the Federal Government to restructure and reposition the Academy for global best practices and sued for the cooperation of all to help fast-track the process of repositioning the institution.

He described the Rector, Commodore Duja Effedua as a  retired Naval top notch and perfect gentleman.

It could be recalled that the Honourable Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Chibuke Ameachi had in January 2017 inaugurated a Ministerial Committee comprising experts in the different fields of the maritime sector to ascertain the situation in the Academy and advise Government on how best the institution can be restructured and repositioned to be at par with its counterparts the world over.



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Press Release: MAN Rector Charges Elites on Humanitarianism

The humanitarian disposition of the Rector of Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, Dr. Joshua Okpo was once again came to the fore when he visited the God’s Liberty Children’s Home in Oron, recently. While calling on the elite group in the society to show concern over the less privileged by donating to homes because according to him this will make the world a better place, the MAN Rector noted that the wealth God created is to be shared by the rich amongst the poor and needy in the society.

He expressed satisfaction over the children’s’ home proprietor’s passion to identify with the stigmatised children while encouraging her not to relent in her effort to help the less privileged as the reward is great. “We came to show solidarity and to encourage you not to relent in your effort at helping the poor and needy in our society” he stressed.

Dr. Okpo promised to support the home by providing both food items and educational materials for the children as part of Academy’s Corporate Social Responsibility.

Welcoming the Rector and entourage, the Caretaker of the children’s home, Mr Abia Edemumoh promised to convey the good will of the Academy’s Management to out of station founder of the Children’s Home, Mrs. Mary Okpoyo who was not around as at the time of the visitation, and thanked the Rector for his kind gesture towards the children.

He used the opportunity to congratulate Dr. Joshua Okpo on his re-appointment as the Rector, Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron and encouraged him to continue in pushing his vision for the Academy to the fore and not be deterred by the attempts of his critics as their blackmail are baseless and empty.

 He further noted that the home which was established with the sole aim to cater for the less privileged is poised to groom the children for various leadership positions in the future. He prayed for God’s blessings for the Rector and his team and promised to keep the mission of the home alive, now and always.

The high point of the event was the presentation of food items comprising 10 bags of rice, cartons of tin tomatoes, gallons of vegetable oil, cartons of indomie, toiletries and various other items to the Caretaker of the Children’s Home.

It could be recalled that the Rector had in December 2012 a few days before Christmas undertaken a similar visit to the children’s home and donated gift items.



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Press Release: MAN Rector lauds NIMASA over Support


The Rector, Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron Dr. Joshua Okpo has affirmed that the soaring profile the Academy is witnessing could be traced to the financial support Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, offers the institution. This was made known by the MAN Boss during the visit of the Agency’s Pre-Audit Team led by the Agency’s Director of Shipping Development, Capt. Warredi Enisuoh.


The Rector noted that the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron being the leading Maritime institution in the country is saddled with the mandate of training personnel for both the national and global maritime market and therefore called for cooperation from all staff stating that the pre-audit exercise is mandatory if the Academy is to successfully upgrade to meet the degree awarding status requirement in line with the International Maritime Organisation’s standard.


He intimated the visitor that the Academy at its degree awarding status would still be taking Short Courses as well as courses at the National and Higher National Diploma levels, thereby producing lower class, middle class and higher class manpower for the industry as recommended by the IMO. “We are training manpower-personnel for the world, so whatever we do here must have international standard” he said.


Dr. Okpo called for an increase in the Agency’s statutory allocation to the Academy from 5% to something more substantial, he also informed the team that the Academy is truobled with a number of issues such as security matters, Cadets Sea Time Experience, procurement of more Simulators, completion of the boatyard repairs and maintenance workshop project, purchase of another giant generating set, completion of ongoing hostels and other infrastructural projects.


“The report from World Maritime University, Malmo, says we should upgrade, we need intervention to complete the construction of our hostels and classroom projects, we need funds to put our Cadets on Sea, so we plead with you to increase our 5% allocation”, he asserted.


On his part, the representative of the Director General of NIMASA and the Agency’s Director of Shipping Development, Capt. Warredi Enisuoh, applauded the efforts of the Rector at piloting the Academy to an enviable height as evidenced in his passion towards the development of the institution and asserted that the partnership between MAN, Oron and NIMASA have come to stay and will continue to be progressive.


He emphasised that IMO has strict requirements when it comes to training of Cadets and assured the Rector and Management that as time goes on NIMASA will help the Academy develop courses that are critical to the Maritime industry.


He decried lack of Nigerian seafarers in ships plying the territorial waters of Nigeria as the major challenge facing shipping development in Nigeria, and recognised as significant the role of the Academy being the foremost maritime training institution in the country in training seafarers who will curb the menace.


He explained “the only way we can lower the operational cost of our local shipping companies is to train Nigerians who can work in the companies, because the cost of employing an expatriate is expensive and is weighing the local industries down, the whole problem will be a thing of the past if we can get it right here in the Academy. Not only will we have our own industry covered but we will also be exporting manpower.”


Praising the Rector for his doggedness in transforming the Academy to a world class maritime institution as seen in the numerous infrastructural projects dotting the landscape of the Academy, the visibly elated Enisuoh said the Agency will start work with the infrastructures on ground.


He therefore urged the lecturers not to be deterred by the challenges facing the institution but to continue to serve their fatherland diligently, promising that the partnership between the duo will yield positive output for the Academy. “As we continue to partner, there’s no doubt your income is going to grow, I am very happy that you as professionals have made the commitment to stay here and let me assure you that the Director General will not overlook these problems,” he affirmed.








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