Amaechi commissions ultra modern facilities at MAN Oron
…expresses confidence in mgt as Effedua implements IMC report
By Ezinne Azunna
The Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi , on Monday gave a vote of confidence on the management of Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN), Oron for its sustained efforts at restructuring and rejigging the school in the last 18 months.
The Honourable Minister stated this when he inspected and commissioned the school’s newly built ultra modern training facilities at the school complex in Oron, Akwa Ibom State.
Amaechi who also unveiled the facilities for use said the management of the Academy has been able to resuscitate the institution which had before now suffered gross negligence, mismanagement and poor application of resources in the hands of previous administrators.
TNMN reports that the Honourable Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, commissioned a Multi-purpose Auditorium, a Library, a Simulation Centre, a Sports Complex, standard Swimming Pools, an ICT Centre amongst others.
“I congratulate the new management. The academic environment has improved in terms of infrastructure, in terms of buildings but it takes much more than buildings.
“You need teachers…You must develop. You must purchase equipment for training the students to make them more competitive and your certificate recognised with foreign institutions training seafarers.”
Addressing guests, staff and cadets at the event, the Minister described the state of the institution upon his resumption as its supervising minister as deplorable and one that elicited worries from concerned critical stakeholders.
He explained that those concerns and fears of stakeholders prompted the setting up of the Interim Management Committee (IMC) on the Academy whose task it was to audit the institution and come up with recommendations for the repositioning of the school.
Amaechi applauded the Rector of the Academy, Commodore Emmanuel Effedua(Rtd) for his focus on the implementation of the report but charged him to extend focus to the development of an internationally competitive and wholistic curriculum to boost the Academy’s credibility.
He urged current lecturers to improve on their quality by returning to school for their PHDs and called on the management to support them in this feat even while attracting world class lecturers-foreigners and locals- for a train the trainer pact and for full time training the students.
“The Academy can introduce good allowances to encourage very competent teachers to come and live here and teach the cadets. Besides, staff members should be trained even for PhDs so that there are more teachers to teach”, Amaechi stated.
He regretted the stunted growth that had plagued the institution stressing the need for the current management to enforce disciplinary measures if its good works will be sustained.
He tasked the management on also ensuring 24hours power supply, sea time for cadets, and provision of visionary leadership.
Speaking earlier, the Rector of the Academy, Commodore Emmanuel Effedua (Rtd) described the new ultra modern facilities as one step in the right direction as recommended by the Interim Management Committee .
He disclosed that in pursuance of a credible change in the school, the school management had adopted the report/recommendations of the forensic audit by the Committee and International Maritime Organisation amongst others as a working document, and that that decision has yielded benefits.
According to Effedua ,within the last 18months, 80% of abandoned projects have been taken up even as the Academy has reduced its number of intakes from over 10000 to 300, with 30 students being the benchmark for each class.
He revealed that most of the court cases that his administration inherited had been won while the host community has become friendlier following engagements by the school thus, giving room for the institution to thrive.
Effedua also noted that improving on the content of the school’s curriculum is the next phase of activities for the Academy.
Posted on : May 6, 2019