A team of maritime experts from the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) have expressed confidence in competence and performance of the Rector of Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN), Oron, stressing that he has proved his worth and mettle within the shortest possible time.
The experts gave this commendation during a fact finding, inspection and assessment mission to ascertain the state of facilities at the Academy recently.
Accompanied by officials of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, the IMO/NIMASA Team inspected classrooms, hostels, Simulator machines and other training facilities at the Academy under the guidance of the Rector, Commodore Effedua Duja (rtd).
The combined team gave the Effedua-led management team at MAN the nod to continue what they have started and urged the Rector to remain focused on IMO’s guidelines/Regulations on Maritime Education and Trainings.
The IMO members reminded the Rector the importance of being on the White List and what is required to continue to be on the list and the significance of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch-keeping, STCW.
The Rector reiterated his commitment to the restructuring and repositioning plans of the federal government for the Academy in order to make it a world class maritime training institution.
Addressing recent development in the Academy, Effedua stated that contrary to speculations by some un-informed individuals who run to publish anything they hear without bothering to verify and clarify the veracity of information given to them by persons in pursuit of their personal interests, the Interim Management Committee, IMC and newly appointed members of the Governing Council have nothing to argue or quarrel about.
In his words “The IMC and the Council are Nigerians appointed by the Federal Government for the purpose of ensuring that the Academy rises from the lock down of the past and become a world class training institution. The Council is yet to be inaugurated, are some persons saying work at the Academy should stop until the Governing Council is inaugurated by government.
“I can assure you that some persons do not even know who members of the IMC are not to talk of the governing Council, if they do, they will be more careful in their utterances. Are these by any standard idle, hungry men? They are very busy persons who are sacrificing their time and resources in service to the country in many ways apart from being in the IMC or governing Council.”
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