press Release: More Encomiums Trail MAN Acting Rector NASS Members revisit

More encomiums have continued to trail the administration of the Acting Rector of Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, Mr. Mkpandiok A. Mkpandiok, over his administrative acumen. His drive towards repositioning the nation’s premier maritime institution for global competitiveness has continued to yield positive results and commendations, the latest coming from the House Members on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration Committee.

The Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Mohammed Bago who made this known during the Committee’s recent tour of the Academy’s facilities following the conclusion of their retreat at the Ibom Le Meridien Hotel and Golf Resort in Uyo, expressed confidence in the present leadership of the Academy in Oron.

He  commended the Management for giving the Academy a face-lift in less than one year in Office.
‘‘Mkpandiok, you have demonstrated unflinching commitment to the transformation of this institution. Keep it up. We will assist in whatever way we can, to take this Academy to greater heights”, the Chairman assured.
It would be recalled that the Committee members had expressed displeasure over the number of abandoned projects dotting the in the institution’s landscape during their last visit to the Academy. At the time some structures were at various stages of dilapidation, the environment was littered with uncompleted projects, the Academy’s environment was unkempt and some equipment were outdated/ obsolete.

 Today, this ugly Scenario has been consigned to the dustbin of history. Continuing, Hon. Bago said, “We have observed with delight, that your administration has taken steps to complete some projects, renovated some of the buildings, provided some basic facilities and made the environment conducive for learning. We decided to visit this institution after our three days retreat for Legislators, Regulators and Operators in the Maritime sector and we are impressed with what we have seen on ground’’ he commented.

Hon.  Mohammed Bago also assured that his Committee would liaise with relevant companies to enable a good percentage of the Academy’s Cadets gain Sea-Time Experience before year 2017 runs out.

He further emphasised that the committee would liaise with relevant authorities to ensure Cadets of the Academy are exempted from NYSC and JAMB participation like other institutions in its category.

Earlier in his remarks, the Acting Rector of the Academy, Mr Mkpandiok Mkpandiok, who had welcomed Committee members to the institution
appreciating their commitment towards the development of the Academy. He expressed gratitude to the Honourable Minister, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi for the confidence reposed in his Management and promised to remain resolute in his resolve to bring to fruition the change Agenda of the Federal Government in the Nation’s premier Maritime Training Institution.

The MAN Oron Helmsman intimated on his administration’s determination to provide the modern learning facilities that would equip Cadets with the required skills to compete favourably with their counterparts in the global maritime market.

Members of the Committee who took a tour of Academy’s facilities were impressed with the new look the academic environment wore which was in stark contrast compared to when they first visited. Contractors have been mobilised to site thereby reducing the spate of abandoned projects that initially defaced the premises.

Hon. Bago who attributed the present administration’s achievements to a harmonious working relationship amongst members of the Management, stressed that Academy does not need an angel to run its affairs, but patriotic, conscientious and hardworking Nigerians who would harness available human and material resources optimally to meet the objectives of the Institution, expectations of Stakeholders and the founding Fathers of the institution. He therefore sued for continued synergy amongst members of the Academy’s Management in other to lift the institution to greater heights.




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