A high-powered delegation comprising the Registrar, Mr. M.A. Mkpandiok and 14 other Management Staff (Directors and Heads of Departments) visited  the family home of their fallen Acting Rector, Dr. (Engr.) Anthony Anayo Ishiodu, on Wednesday
Welcoming the delegation, the brother of the deceased, Mr. Okwosha Barry, on behalf of the immediate and extended families thanked Management for finding time to make the trip to Egwe Community in Oguta, Imo State.
He commended the display of love,  respect and concern shown by the Academy and thereafter unveiled the family’s plan towards ensuring a befitting burial ceremony, as well as pleaded with Management to stand by the family in giving this great Oguta son a final farewell.
Responding, the Registrar, Mr. M. A. Mkpandiok encouraged the family to continue to anchor their faith and trust in God who can never fail.
He lamented the fate which befell the Academy of late, losing two Rectors within the short span of just eight months, and promised that Management will approach the burial in the best possible manner and in keeping with Extant Laws (Public Service Rules).
He also informed members of the family that in recognition of the fact that the late Acting Rector was a respectable member of the Catholic Church, and of the time constraint, Management has constituted a Committee to work out the burial modalities in liaison with the family.
He noted that as friends and colleagues of late Dr. Anthony Ishiodu who hold a human face and are quite aware of the challenges confronting the family, we will do our best.
The Registrar concluded his brief address by calling on all present to rise in observation of a minute’s silence in honour of the late Ag. Rector.

From the Desk of:
Public Relations Dept.

Press Release: MAN, Oron and POSEIDON AS Collaborate on Educational Facilities

The Acting Rector of Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN) Oron, Mr. M. A. Mkpandiok has restated that his administration would work within the ambit of its authority to translate, in tangible terms, the Federal Government’s Restructuring and Repositioning Agenda for the nation’s premier maritime training institution, to ensure it is placed on the world map as a Centre for Excellence in Maritime Education and Training.

He gave the assurance in his remarks during the visit of the Managing Director POSEIDON Simulation AS of Norway to the Academy recently, to revive the Academy’s Simulators for use by the Cadets and Students of the Institution in practical training.


The Acting Rector emphasised that the specialised nature of training offered in the Academy makes it necessary for all educational facilities to functional at all times to enable the Acaademy render its mandate creditably to young Nigerians.


Reiterating that given the number of years the Academy has existed, it deserves to be on the world map as a centre for excellence in maritime training and education, he stressed “We will do everything within our capability to recover the performances of our Simulators and get them working within the shortest possible time, we are ready to repair and procure equipment for practical use by our Cadets”.



Earlier, the Managing Director, POSEIDON Simulators AS, Bjarne Pederson who appreciated the Management for the confidence reposed in his company said they are specialised in serving customers even in remote areas, as efficiently as in cosmopolititan environments.


Pederson stated that his organisation would not hesitate to offer any service within their area of speciality to place the nation’s premier maritime training institution at par with its counterparts world over.


He advised the Management to move away from the past practice where equipment upon arrival had stayed in the container longer than expected, a situation he said was not good for any sensitive equipment of that nature, and also stressed the need to always adhere strictly to building specifications to ensure that problems such as the systems encountered shortly after installations do not recur.

Hopes were raised when he announced after the inspection, “we had thought the equipment was now a junk, it is possible to revive the Simulators and upgrade the systems with the latest data/ information”.

The POSEIDON official further promised that henceforth, the company’s Service Personnel would visit the academy more regularly to carry out a thorough technical evaluation and render services that would ensure effective workability of the facility.



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Desk of Corporate Affairs

MAN, Oron.



Press Release: MAN, Oron Bags Excellence Award

For her numerous contributions towards the development of the Maritime Industry in the Country and globally, the nation’s foremost maritime training institution, Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron has been given an Excellence Award by the Uyo Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (UYOCCIMA).

The event which took place at the Ibom Le’Meridien Hotel and Golf Resort, Uyo recently, also featured the launch of Akwa Ibom Trade and Tourism Fair (AKITTOF). A programme which is aimed at providing a platform for stakeholders to meet and discuss business and also showcase the tourism potentials of the state.

In a brief profile released by the institution, the Academy which will be 40 years by 2017, was established as a Nautical College and upgraded to Academy by promulgation of Decree No. 16 of 1988 now an Act of the National Assembly, M3 LFN.

According to the institution’s profile, the Academy has delivered on its mandate of providing the Maritime Industry, Merchant Navy and Allied Industry with qualitative training that accords with up-to-date technology, meets national and international standards as well as satisfies the end-users expectations.

The Registrar, Mr. M. A. Mkpandiok who led his Management Team to the event commended the organisers of the event for the honour done to the Academy and, restated his Management’s desire to work closely with the Federal Government and its agencies towards the repositioning of the institution to world-class.

The Registrar was of the opinion that there were cardinal measures to be taken, if the dearth of Chief Mariners and Engineers in the industry was to be addressed once and for all.

He lamented that the Academy which is saddled with the responsibility of providing qualitative man-power for the Maritime, Oil & Gas and its Allied Industries is yet to own a training vessel for Cadets practical.

He therefore called on the Government to provide the school with one as well as enforce a policy of compulsory engagement of MAN, Oron cadets by foreign and indigenous sea-going vessels, for acquisition of the 18-month Mandatory Sea-Time experience required of them, as a window to their seafaring practice”, Mkpandiok stated..

Mr. Mkpandiok also stressed on the need for the provision of facilities like Simulators, a functional Swimming Pool, an e-library with Up-to-date Books and Journals for Cadets, Students and Lecturers and other professionals in the institution.

He stated his Management’s resolve to forge a partnership with UYOCCIMA in the area of setting up an Entrepreneurial Centre in the Academy for the purpose of equipping the Cadets, Students, and Youths with skills that would make them relevant to the societal needs.

In the Acting Rector’s entourage at the event were, the Director of the School of General Studies, Mrs. Atim Ikara; the Head of Academic Registry, Dr. Daniel Essien; the Director School of the Nautical Science, Capt. Gabriel Okwu; the Head of Public Relations, Mr Siddi E. Mkpandiok; the Head of Personnel, Mr. Emmanuel Essien; the Head of Marine Engineering Department, Engr. Maurice N. Ijeoma; the Head of  SIWES, Mr Imo Ekpo and the Head of Junior Establishment, Mr. Samuel Effiong, as well as the Protocol Officer to the Acting Rector, Mr. Emmanuel Ibekwe and some Staff of Public Relations Department.


Public Relations Desk.


When a few weeks back some media friends preferred to address the Academy in Oron as rumour-rife environment riddled with rumour mongers, I hardly could laugh them to scorn. For very many years, the Academy has remained a very quiet environment with strict disciplinary bias and something a kin to an “engraved” respect for official secrecy and confidentiality. Staff cherished themselves, one another and the Academy as a whole.

Serving the interest of Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron was cardinal, sacrosanct and sacrificial. The trend must be a continuum irrespective of personal differences, interests and idiosyncracies. The robust development of the Academy has a correlation  to our overall interest as a nation. we must work to realise the Maritime Academy of Nigeria of our collective dream and aspiration.

Truth is, the peddling of rumours is not restricted to MAN, Oron alone, though we may have apparently high frequency of such within the institution or its environs. Rumours would not just cease to be rumours. As a reputable corporate organisation, we cannot and must not be seen as encouraging or cherishing rumours, or grooming rumour-mongers.

Rather, we encourage progressive Nigerians and all others to avail themselves of the relevant provisions of the law,as encapsulated in the highly cherished Freedom of Information (FOI)Act, as it concerns the gathering of information from an institution such as MAN, Oron.

Any accusation or allegation of wrong doing against any public servant should itself be deemed a serious matter, as his or her allegiance must always be to serve the Federal, State or Local Government officially and the interest of Nigerians loyally. Also, accusations against hardworking and dedicated civil servants must be verifiable and the accusers identifiable and presentable, just as the accused. This will eliminate a lot of frivolous, rumour-anchored allegations and save government valuable business time as well as discourage or minimise malicious, vindictive whistle-blowers bent on vendetta.

Our seeming peculiar experience has left the Academy open to all kinds of  attacks, most of which have been spurious and vitriolic, especially on the social media platform. In all, our Management has come out waxing stronger, more robust and feels challenged again, to deliver its mandate to all Nigerians without fear or favour.

Above all, we encourage all Nigerians and the media, the credible media, to feel free always to visit the Academy and personally verify flying stories before making their comments, being opinion moulders.

The Academy has Management strength of about 40 and if at one time 2 members of that team disagree, it does not translate to the team being in disarray as has been wrongly portrayed.

All Nigerians, and indeed the media, need the Academy just as much as the Academy needs the media and Nigerians. Constructive criticism may help “box” the institution into ship-shape proper but destructive criticism is only an ill-wind that blows none no good. MAN, Oron may fall and rise a number of times but its focus and goals, as encapsulated in its vision and mission statements, remain sacrosanct, attainable and real.

The Academy too shall get there!

Positives recorded by the institution in the last three months should be harped on by the media. For instance, the 24- hour daily supply of power in the campus, at a cost of almost one-third of what used to be the case per month deserves commendation; prompt attention given to Cadets welfare and programmes, seasonal staff welfare packages, which have remained on course should be given some mentioning.



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Press Release: MAN, Oron Management Poise on Capacity Building

In readiness to compliment the Federal Government’s rebranding of the nation’s premier maritime training institution, in compliance with world-class standard, the Management of Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron has restated its commitment towards enhanced Staff Capacity Building.

This indication was made known by the Registrar, Mr. Mkpandiok A. Mkpandiok, during the flag-off ceremony of the in-house workshop for Staff recently.

Calling on Staff to utilise the opportunity maximally, so as  not to be found wanting when given any responsibility at any point in time, Mr. Mkpandiok stressed that they could be called upon to represent the Academy anywhere in the world. He called on all participants to take the programme seriously.

He further stated that increased productivity is pertinent if the Academy is  to continue producing qualitative work-force for the Maritime Industry and its allied industries; Staff who will be able to compete with their counterparts the world-over and therefore urged them to be assertive and committed in the discharge of their duties.

The Registrar used the opportunity to intimate Staff of the Management’s decision to conduct promotion interview for those who are due for promotion before the year runs out adding that promotion will be strictly on merit. 

The 2-Day In-house Management Training Workshop for Administrative and Executive Officers was billed to train Staff on the basics of Office Administration featured  lectures on Financial Regulations & Preparation of Salary Increment and Advances which was handled by the Bursar, Mr. F.A. Kayode; The Role of Effective Communication, Public Relations and Interpersonal Skills in Enhancing  Job Performance was handled by the Head of Public Relations, Mr. Siddi E. Mkpandiok; Secondment Leave and Condonation was handled by the Head of Junior Establishment, Mr. Samuel Effiong; Writing of Brief, Internal Memos, Minutes and Records of Meeting by Mr. Ime Morgan, other Resource Persons were Head of Personnel, Mr. Emmanuel Essien and Head of Research and Statistics, Mr. Bassey B. Eyo.


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