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.

From:

Public Relations Desk.