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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