The Alumni of Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron (AMANO) have said that they would contribute their quota towards the repositioning of their alma mata, the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, for global competitiveness.

This was made known by the National President of the association, Engr. Austin Umezurike during the opening ceremony of the National Convention of AMANO, tagged “Ibom 2017”, held in the Refectory of the Academy, recently.

The National President who said his association would support the Academy attain greater height urged members who hold positions of authority in their workplaces and in the society to use such to direct the development of both the institution and the Nigerian society positively.

 He decried the slow pace of development of the institution, especially the inability of the Academy of about 40 years to issue International Certification in Class 1, compared to its counterparts the world over.

“It is disheartening that MAN Oron is still grappling with minor challenges. Most of you hold key positions of influence, so I urge you to develop a symbiotic relationship with our alma mata, form a formidable pool of resource to support our alma mata and the maritime sector. As an alumni, I know you share my pride” He said.

He opined that one of the aims of the IBOM 2017 event was to give members the opportunity to see for themselves the present situation of the Academy and to deliberate on possible ways they could contribute their quota to the development of the Academy.

In his response, member Interim Management Committee and CEO/ Chairman Starzs Marine Investment Company Limited, Engr. Greg Ogbeifun disclosed that the committee is working towards engaging the best hands in the maritime sector to ensure the Academy delivers on its core mandate satisfactorily.

He hinted that the committee has engaged the services of  the immediate past Rector of Ghana Regional Maritime University as a consultant and has also forwarded the curricula of both Class 1 and Class 2 Deck and Engine, to consultants for review with a view to offering the courses in the Academy.

Concerning the recent regulation by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) that every vessel with more than 750hp should have an Electro-technical Officer on board, the IMC member disclosed that the course is not offered anywhere in Nigeria but that the IMC has established that department in MAN, Oron.

Engr. Ogbeifun who is also the current SOAN President affirmed that by the time the committee was done with their work a lot of structures will be on ground and the problem of Sea berth for Cadets would become history.

meanwhile, the Rector of the Academy, Cdre. Emmanuel Duja Effedua (Rtd.), who appreciated the Honourable Minister of Transportation’s ingenuity at setting up the Interim Management Committee to restructure and reposition MAN, Oron reiterated the committee’s commitment towards the project and sued for cooperation amongst members of the host communities and Nigerians alike.

He stated that despite the 40 years of existence of the nation’s premier maritime training and education centre, the institution still lacks basic teaching aids and experienced lecturers, thereby putting the prospects of graduates in the global market on a decline.

Disclosing that there is so much to be done to bring the Academy at par with its counterparts the world over, Cdre. Effedua further stated that the restructuring exercise would involve Staff re-orientation on the vision of the Academy, merging of some departments, review and accreditation of courses, provision of modern teaching aids for Cadets’ practical experience, collaboration with relevant maritime organisations on capacity-building of Cadets, as well as periodic engagement of maritime experts as lecturers to boost the quality of lectures.

Papers presented during the 3-day event were Human Capacity Development- a Critical Tool for the Future of the Nigerian Oil & Gas and the Maritime Sector by Engr. Joseph Rotimi Fashakin who was the representative of the Directive General of NIMASA; Mapping the Maritime Academy of Nigeria for Future Excellence – the Challenges and Opportunities was presented by MAN, Oron Rector, Cdre. Emmanuel Duja Effedua (rtd.); the Relevance of Maritime Training in Ship Operation: the Nigerian Perspective  was a paper by Capt. Hambali Yusuf and The Gulf of Guinea and Maritime Security Challenges by Cdre. Salihu Jubril and many others.

Other members of AMANO who spoke differently appreciated the discretion of the Federal Government in setting up an Interim Management Committee made up of seasoned professionals and pledged their unflinching support to work with the Management towards the development of the Academy.

The roll call of other dignitaries who graced the occasion included: The Commissioner for Transport and Petroleum, Mr. Orman Esin;  Commander of the Maritime Guard Command, NIMASA, Navy Capt. K. Odunbanjo; Executive Director Operations and representative of DG NIMASA, Engr. Joseph Rotimi; Director, Maritime Safety NIMASA and Batch vi Cadet; SA to Executive Director Operations, NIMASA; Barr. Peter Agbaminoja; Former AMANO National President and Batch 1 ex-cadet, Capt. Jide Olunguwa.

A good number of ex-cadets from the various batches turned up. The event also witnessed the presentation of awards to outstanding members of AMANO and outstanding Maritime organisations for their various contributions to the development of the Academy and the maritime sub-sector of the Nigerian Economy.


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