A delegation of Oro Professionals and Technocrats under the umbrella of “Oron Concerned Citizens” paid a courtesy call on the modern pride of Oron, nation, Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron. On their arrival at the Institution, the delegation proceeded on a facility tour of the Academy.

While addressing the Rector and Management team, the leader of the delegation, Dr (Prince) Edet Ekerendu, a retired Federal Permanent Secretary praised the efforts and the unprecedented monumental development the Institution has attended in just a few years of the administration of Amb. Joshua Okpo. He observed that if other past administrators were as committed to the development of the Academy, the Institution would have achieved international standard thereby enhancing professionalism in the maritime industry.

He also expressed worry over the non-upgrading of the Academy to a University. According to him, “We are overwhelmed with the uncommon transformation in the Academy and are happy to be associated with the administration of Amb. Joshua Okpo”. He stated that they were concerned and worried that an Institution with such physical and manpower development do not having a training vessel for the Cadets. The leader of the team pledged that he and his team will make efforts to approach those in authority and appeal to them to acquire a training ship for the Academy before the end of the year 2015, and to also make the Academy’s Jetty functional and beneficial for the good of the host community and the country.

In his response, the Rector of MAN Oron, Amb. Joshua Okpo thanked the delegation for the affection they have shown on the progress of the Academy. According to him, they have every right to know what is going on in the institution and to contribute to the meaningful development of the institution.
The Rector also said that he has briefed the President, the Hon. Minister of Transport and relevant bodies concerned on the need to upgrade the specialized institution to a degree awarding status. “The Academy believes in and engage in dialogue for everything it needs”, The Rector stressed.
In terms of practical sea-time training, the Rector said he has made a lot of contacts and also signed a few MOU’S with in Georgia, Turkey and the Philippines, to see how the Academy can partner with such Institutions to upgrade MAN, Oron to international standard. He then tasked the team to assist the Academy in appealing to individuals, Governments and Corporate Organizations to assist in any way to improve the funding of MAN, Oron. While appreciating the Government of Akwa-Ibom State for donating land to the Academy, the white paper on the land acquisition it gave to the Academy was still being expected to ensure that the land becomes the property of the academy.

In a vote of thanks, the Director, School of Maritime Studies, Dr. Mrs. A.A Mkpandiok commended the delegation for their concern in the growth of the Academy. She said that the ultimate goal of the Academy is to produce good and competent seafarers that will compete favourably well in the maritime market and not necessarily to be worried about the attainment of University level. She however noted that such will come as a plus to the institution since the Academy is already making efforts on attaining degree awarding status. She charged them to extend the same gesture to the Oron community by enlightening the populace on issues that will improve their lives, especially by keeping the environment of Oron town clean; stressing that littered refuse could be harmful to the health of residents.

Public Relations Department

February 3, 2015, 2:57 pm