Press Release: MAN Acting Rector Seeks Collaboration with IOCs on Educational Facilities

The Acting Rector of Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, Dr. Mkpandiok Ante Mkpandiok has appealed to the IOCs in Nigeria to collaborate with Nation’s premier maritime education and training institution in the provision of some educational facilities which are lacking in the institution, in other  to enable the institution continue to deliver on its mandate effectively.

Dr. Mkpandiok who made the appeal during the flag-off of the maiden edition of the NAOC/NNPC and OANDO Joint Venture Seafarers Training Programme in the Academy recently, expressed appreciation to the JV Partners on behalf of the Management Staff, Cadets and Students of MAN, Oron, for making  the Academy the institution of choice in the training of Seafarers.

He hinted the JV Partners that the Academy has met the requirements of the global maritime watch dog, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), this he said keeps the Country as a member nation in the IMO’s White List which is the reason vessels still continue to berth in Nigeria’s shores.

He further stated that the Academy has against all odds continued to provide qualitative training for various levels of personnel required for running and operating ships of the merchant navy and other related services in the Maritime and Allied Industries of which the Joint Venture is a significant part.

He however stated that the Academy, like any other institution is not without challenges and expressed optimism that the new partnership brings hope that some of the Academy’s pressing needs would become history.

He listed the challenges plaguing the premier maritime education and training institution to include lack of a training ship, a Survival Swimming Pool, backlog of Cadets without Mandatory Sea Time Experience, inadequate educational facilities like GMDSS, Engine and Radar ARPA, ECDIS Simulators and the need to equip the just completed e-library with e-books, e-journals and other relevant documents for cadets practical training.

According to the Acting Rector these facilities when provided would put the Academy in a better position to continue to provide that quality of maritime education and training that competes favourably on the global maritime landscape

“In view of the significance of the partnership, there is a compelling need to raise the bar in the quality of services rendered to end-users. We strongly believe that this would put us in a better position to continue to provide that quality of maritime education and training that competes favourably on the global maritime landscape”, Mkpandiok stressed.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Mr. Chris Ngige, represented by the State Controller of Labour, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Mrs. Tonye Thom-Manuel, said that he was delighted over the Corporate Social Responsibility initiative by the Joint Venture Partners towards addressing some critical needs of the maritime sector as well as youth restiveness in their host communities.

The Labour Minister maintained that the Ministry would not hesitate to offer their professional advice and guidance whenever the need arises and encouraged that it would be impressive if the initiative is sustained.

Speaking on behalf of OANDO Oil Ltd., the representative of the Managing Director, Mr. Massimo Insulla disclosed that OANDO has always been an active partner and contributor to the manpower development of the youths from its Host Communities in particular and the Nigerian maritime sector in general.

He stated that the essence of the programme which is to bridge the manpower gap in the maritime sector is targeted towards training young graduates from the Host Communities of the JV partners.

Insulla stressed that the need to train Seafarers for the maritime sector was conceived when the Executive Committee of the Oil Producers’ Trade Section (OPTS-Excom) nominated NAOC as lead company on Marine CDI.

Mr. Insulla therefore reiterated the company’s commitment to the success of the programme, “this event is extremely important as it is the first in the history of capacity building programmes sponsored by the Joint Venture and we as the operators are committed to seeing these initiatives to a successful end,” he affirmed.

On his part, the Director of MAN Consultancy Services, Dr. Kevin Okonna, disclosed that the training programme which has a complementary part of sea service on board a Ship, is designed in collaboration with STWC and NIMASA Template and guidelines, and called on the oil firms to ensure the trainees acquire all stages of the training to qualify them as certified Seafarers.

The highpoint of the event which featured eminent personalities from the Oil and Gas Industries was the flag-off of the training programme by the Queen of Tombrass Kingdom, Her Royal Majesty, Dr. Josephine Diette-Spiff who was the Chairman of the occasion.



Corporate Affairs Department

MAN, Oron.