The Acting Rector of Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, Mr. Mkpandiok A. Mkpandiok has advised the people of Oro Nation against acts of blackmail, petition writing and character assassination but to remain supportive to the plans of the Federal Government which is to make the Academy a world-class Maritime institution in no distant time.

This the Acting Rector said during a courtesy visit on him by the Executive Members of MAN, Host Community Relations Committee, recently.

The Acting Rector of MAN, Oron, who congratulated Members of the Committee on their appointment into the third contiguous Host Community Relations Committee, expressed gratitude to the Academy's Host Community for providing a rancour-free environment for the Academy’s successful operations.

The elated helmsman appreciated them for the confidence reposed in his administration and promised to remain firm in his determination to steer the Academy’s ship to safe-landing.

He intimated the committee members of the Federal Government’s preparedness to transform the Academy to a University, expressing hope that with upgrade in facilities and curriculum the Academy would be ready for the transformation, and further solicited for a peaceful coexistence between all the people constituting the Host Communities to allow for development.

Apparently impressed by the leadership style of the Acting Rector, Pastor Mkpandiok A. Mkpandiok, members who took their turns to speak glowingly commended the Acting Rector for his administration’s stand on Government’s policy of transparency, discipline, teamwork and anti-corruption as well as his Management’s prompt attention to Corporate Social Responsibility matters.

First to speak was the Chairman of MAN Host Community Relations Committee, Pastor Bassey O. Umoh, who said that as an agent of positive change, the Acting Rector’s  tenure has showcased a very high level of leadership within the short period it has existed.

According to the Committee Chairman, Mr. Ante Mkpandiok has established sound academic culture and serene regimented academic environment.He also expressed hope that with the present day Academy’s helmsman holding the forte, the future of the Academy is brighter and more secured, too.

The Committee Chairman appealed to the Management of the institution to sustain its Corporate Social Responsibility to the Host Communities through training of their youths in various skills, using the Academy’s Short Courses Training Programme, Award of contracts in line with the deferral Government Local Content Policy, admission quota to the Host Community; award of scholarship for indigent Cadets and Students of Eyo Abasi Host Community, Financial assistance for the upkeep of the Committee among others requests.

Speaking separately, a former Permanent Secretary in Akwa Ibom State Government and a prominent daughter of Oro, Mrs. Ivy Esin, and former Vice Chairman of Oron Local Government Area, Hon. Okon Asuquo Eyo described the Acting Rector as a seasoned administrator with unwavering commitment and deep passion for the repositioning of the institution to meet international best standards.

They noted that the entire Oro Nation will remain ever grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari if the Academy becomes a University and Pastor Mkpandiok who holds a distinguished record as an astute administrator and one of the sound lecturers in the Academy is given the opportunity to mid-wife the headship of the institution to its University Degree Awarding Status.

“From our findings, the present Acting Rector of the Academy had worked directly with not less than five past Rectors of the Academy and could be termed a thorough-bred, therefore, if you keenly follow the staff progression indices and events in the Academy, you will conclude that the search for a qualified substantive Rector for the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron is not supposed to be a hard search, if the track records of the current Acting Rector/Registrar of MAN Oron were placed on a scale” they posited.

It could be recalled that the MAN Community Relations Committee was established years ago to serve as a mediator between the community and the Academy, and the committee has since been playing significant roles in the development of the institution.


Corporate Affairs Desk

MAN, Oron.