- Category: News & Events
- Published on 20 April 2017
There was excitement in the air as the women of Ukpata/ Afaha Eduok in Idua Community, one of the Host Communities of Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron turn out in large numbers at Government Primary School, Ukpata/Afaha Eduok, the venue of the skills acquisition programme sponsored by the Management of Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron. The event which was organized for the natives held recently and was a huge success.
The community people who expressed their views differently commended in strong terms the efforts of the Mkpandiok A. Mkpandiok led Administration towards giving them a new lease of life after the crisis they experienced.
The youth leader of the community, Ulap Victor Okon Bassey who spoke on behalf of the youths, acknowledged in glowing terms the efforts of the present Management in touching the lives of members of the host community, minding the constraints confronting the present Management.
Ulap Victor said the youths of the community have passed a vote of confidence because the Acting Rector has demonstrated devotion, diligence, commitment, capability and a superlative wealth of experience in piloting the affairs of the institution, not just in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility but also in other spheres of his administration and the drive towards academic excellence, and judging from the serenity the academic environment now wears, it was proper to encourage the Acting Rector in his vision to actualize the institutions mandate, in line with the dreams of the Academy’s founding fathers.
The youth leader was of the opinion that M. A. Mkpandiok has all it takes to interpret the restructuring and repositioning agenda of the Federal Government, believing that he would use his wealth of experience and exposure in the maritime industry and in particular the Academy community judiciously.
He called for cooperation from socio-political groups and associations, urging them to identify with the new administration in their desire to actualize the vision and aspirations of the federal government.
He intimated that 48 participants were selected from different families from both clans of Ukpata / Afaha Eduok villages for the one-day training.
In the same vein, the Village Head and former Councillor representing Idua Ward 4 in Oron Local Government Council, Hon E. E. Okon said the programme which was the first in the history of the community was highly appreciated and will bring a new lease of life to his community at large, and most importantly to the beneficiaries.
The physically elated accountant said the programme would go a long way in not just reducing the poverty level in the community but also would curb restiveness and other social vices associated with youth idleness, thereby providing a safe and conducive learning space for cadets and students.
He noted that when he first heard the news, his joy knew no bounds because, according to him, the programme means a lot to the lives of his people.
He observed that the Academy’s Management has demonstrated the popular philosophy of teach a man how to fish and you feed him for the rest of his lives, rather than just giving fish all the time, and further used the opportunity to appeal to the Management to kindly empower the women who are now skilled with kick-off support. This he said would ensure the programme achieves a logical conclusion, uplifting the people.
Also speaking on behalf of the women, the Woman Leader of the Community, Mrs. Ekaette Bassey thanked the Management for remembering the women, noting that the skills acquisition is the best thing that has happened to them.
She expressed optimism that the women would make good use of the acquired skills and also called on the Management of Academy, the Local Government authority and well spirited individuals to complement the efforts of the Academy by empowering the women to start-off on a large scale.
Earlier, staff of the Academy’s Corporate Affairs Department who graced the occasion expressed delight at the turn out and the success the event recorded and commended the enormous role played by the women in the development of the Society.
The women were urged to put to practice the skills learnt.
The women were trained in the preparation of meat pie, chops, chin-chin, egg roll, bons, and pancake and also in soda, toilet and liquid soaps making.
Corporate Affairs Desk