The sincere and dogged efforts of the Mr. Mkpandiok Ante Mkpandiok led administration has been highly commended by the House Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration. This development was made known by the Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Mohammed Umaru Bago during their oversight tour of the Academy recently.

He said “I must confess that we have seen tremendous improvement from what it was in our last visit, I therefore commend deeply the Acting Rector, Mkpandiok Ante Mkpandiok for a job well done”.

On delivering of its mandate of providing the Merchant Navy and Maritime and its Allied Industries with qualitative education and training that satisfies end-user expectations, the Committee urged Management to train Staff to be intellectually sound enough to impart knowledge that accords with up-to-date technology.

He assured the Management of the Committee’s commitment to pursue to a conclusive end the salary package that would attract and retain the required relevant professional manpower for the institution.

Intimating the Management on the purpose of their visit Mohammed Bago said “We make budgetary allocations to the Academy, it is therefore our responsibility to monitor how funds are being disbursed for the purpose it was meant for, and the level of work executed”.

The Chairman further reiterated no new project should be initiated until the old ones have been completed and put to use, with particular emphasis on the Survival Swimming Pool, which according to him would help cut down expenses on Cadets training and also generate income for the Academy.

Hon. Bago therefore called for peace, unity and cooperation amongst Staff to enable the Management move the Academy to lofty heights while charging the Academy’s helmsman not to rest on his oars as he pushes forward with his ongoing transformational process in the Academy so he would leave lasting footprints on the sands of time.

He also emphasised on the need for a well articulated proposal containing the challenges bedevilling the development of the Academy, including Staff and Cadets Welfare, and Management’s suggestive way-forward, to be forwarded to the Committee formally. This he said would furnish the Committee with first-hand information that will guide them appropriately on the best approach to use in tackling the situation and also help them in the formulation of policies that would fast-track the transformation of the nation’s premier maritime training institution.

In his response, the physically elated Acting Rector of the Academy, Mr. Mkpandiok A. Mkpandiok expressed his appreciation to the visiting team for their comments, concern and love for the Academy and the nation and expressed his administration’s resolve to continue pursuing  vigorously the processes that would reposition the Academy for global competiveness within the shortest possible time.

He however decried the lack of up-to-date educational facilities like GMDSS Engine and RADAR ARPA Simulators, Training Vessel for Cadets practical training amongst others, and appealed to the Federal Government to extend its magnanimity to the Academy in this area.

He stressed that given its massive land mass, structures and some remarkable equipment, the Academy if also given the necessary educational equipment, enhanced Staff package and considerable budget allocation, would be in a position to cater for the need of Nigerians who travelled outside for similar training. With such facilities, the Academy could even train Foreigners thereby increasing Nigeria’s foreign earnings.

Projects inspected were: 2 Executive Hostel Blocks for Short Courses Students, the Presidential Jetty, One Storey Block Directorate of Consultancy Service, the Nautical Science block, Survival Swimming Pool, Mini Stadium/Sport Arena and the Rector’s Residence.


From the Desk of:

Public Relations Dept.