Consultants from REFAST Consulting Company, Ghana, led by the immediate Past Rector of Ghana Regional Maritime University, Capt. Aaron Turkson have arrived the Academy today, Monday, 13th November, 2017. The visit is in line with the ongoing repositioning and  restructuring exercise in the Academy.

In his remarks, Capt. Aaron Turkson said their Terms of Reference is to review Class 1 and 2 Deck and Engine Programmes, take a look at the Course Files of all the programmes offered in the Academy and draw up a curriculum for the establishment of Eletro-Technical Office Department.

He expressed satisfaction with the quality of some Lecturers and facilities in the Academy and wondered why  the Academy is still unable to train Master Mariners and Chief Engineers. He however stated that they would be commencing a training on Course File for all the programmes offered in the Academy.

Capt. Turkson decried the nonchalance of young maritime professionals towards teaching in maritime institutions. He observed it was due to low remuneration when compared to what is obtainable in the oil and gas firms in the region.

The former Rector who said they were in the Academy to share experience further encouraged the lecturers to continue to hold on for as long as their strength would carry them, because according to him the dearth of seafarers can only be addressed by provision of same to work in the maritime industry. Its not easy to find professionals like you,

“Facilities and Buildings do not make institutions, it is the quality of academic programmes and the trainees that make the institution, and you are the backbone so don’t allow bottlenecks to drag you back” he stressed.

He, however, emphasised the need to encourage young professionals to take up lecturing opportunities in maritime training institutions.

He also observed that the Academy lacks some relevant simulators like ECDISS, RADAR ARPA, GMDSS and noted that in the course of their work they would audit  the simulators and come out with appropriate recommendations in line with STCW Conventions.

Earlier, Dr. Kevin Okonna who represented the Rector, Cdre. Duja Emmanuel Effedua had welcomed the visitors to the Academy, saying that their engagement was a result of the Federal Government’s determination to reposition and restructure the nation’s premier maritime education and training institution, Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron for global best practices and competitiveness.

He added that the relevant Staff would cooperate with them to ensure the quick realisation of the restructuring exercise and wished them a successful stay in the Academy.

Also speaking the Director, School of Nautical Studies, Capt. Francis Kponu expressed satisfaction over the decision of the Federal Government to seek the counsel of the seasoned professionals.

He pledged their unflinching support to whatever plan that would move the Academy forward, adding that the only way to bring in young and vibrant professionals into lecturing was to beef-up the remuneration that is better than what is obtainable now.

It could be recalled that about a forthnight ago, a member of the Interim Management Committee and CEO/Chairman Starzs Marine Investment Limited, Engr. Greg Ogbeifun made it known at the  maiden Annual Convention  of the Alumni of Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron (AMANO) the former Rector of the Regional Maritime University, Ghana, has been engaged to work with the IMC in realisation of its objectives.

Also present at the meeting were some senior professional lecturers in the Academy including Head of Oil and Gas, Capt F. D. Endoyan; Ag. Director, School of  Marine Engineering, Engr. Maurice Ijeoma; Head of Nautical Science Department, Capt. Balogun; Head of Boat/ Ship Building Technology, Engr. William Ekwerre; Head, Marine Meteorology Department, Dr. John Adeyanju and others.



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