– to partner with NIMASA on NSDP training
-trains 8456 professionals in three years
The Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN) has been effectively repositioned to provide quality professional training for the maritime industry even as 8000 professionals, already deployed to the sector were trained by the Institute in the last three years, the Rector, Commodore Duja Effedua (Rtd) has said.
This was contained in an official report on the activities of the Academy made available to stakeholders at the weekend following the third anniversary of Effedua as Rector of the School.
Describing the last three years as “very interesting and very challenging”, the Rector attributed this successes recorded so far to the efforts and doggedness of the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Transportation at restoring the school to a place of pride and raising the standard of training after the long years of decadence that crippled it.
He said that the Academy has witnessed quality improvement in “the standard of training, creation of conducive atmosphere for learning as well as procurement of advanced training equipment” and is now positioned to better serve the industry.
Effedua also disclosed that over 8,000 Nigerian professionals who are already deployed in the maritime industry have gone through the Academy’s refresher courses, mandatory short courses and other specialised course while 456 cadets have also been trained.
He said that the Nigerian Maritime Administration & Safety Agency (NIMASA) has also initiated discussions to use the School as a training centre for cadets admitted into the National Seafarers Development Programme(NSDP).
On the availability of infrastructure as well as training equipment, he said “the Academy is currently an institution to beat” as the current Management has been able to seriously upgrade its equipment.
TNMN reports that three state-of-the-art simulators, namely the Full Mission Bridge Simulator, the Full Mission Engine Room Simulator and the Multifunctional Classroom, which is the latest in marine training simulators and can sit up to 30 cadets in a work station have been acquired.
“The multifunctional class room has the ECDIS, GMDSS, APAR RADARM Highvoltage Training software, Rules of the Road, Pilotage and Blind Pilotage and the DP etc integrated in it. It is pertinent to state that the Academy is the only institution in Africa that has the Multifunctional Classroom. On 3 Sepember 2020, partners the ARI of India assured the Management that all the Simulators will be in Nigeria by the end of September 2020 as soon as the embargo on international flights gets relaxed, Effedua stated.
He said that “in order to avoid the mistakes of the past, the Academy has trained 15 of its staff as both users and maintainers at the manufacturer’s facilities in India. The ICT team was fully involved in the training as they can now assemble, dismantle as well as carry out repairs on the simulators. The Academy will therefore not need to fall back to the manufacturers for maintenance.
“In the area of capacity building, the Academy has continued to provide quality training and has been able to train over 8,000 Nigerian professionals who are already deployed in the maritime industry. They have benefitted from several training programmes such as refresher courses and Mandatory Short courses and other specialised courses. For cadets, the Academy has been able to train over 456 cadets within this period.
“ The Management has been able to buy publications and provide training materials such as free laptops for cadets. The classrooms are now smart class rooms equipped with smart boards and other electronic teaching aids. They are also air-conditioned. All hostels are now en-suite. To boost the quality of training, more lecturers have been engaged for all the schools including a foreign master mariner (Captain) from India and the Academy is looking forward to engaging more qualified international lecturers to support our Nigerian professionals.
“The Ministry of Transportation and NIMASA have been very supportive. It is pertinent to state that NIMASA in recent times has paid more attention to the Academy in terms of technical support and regular dialogues. For instance, NIMASA recently sent a team to visit the Academy to inspect facilities with the aim of using the Academy as one of the institutions to train its NSDP cadets. The team from NIMASA was overwhelmed with the level of transformation at the Academy”, Commodore Effedua stated.
It will be recalled that the Academy in December 2017 invited the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to audit its facilities and leveraged on the advice of the IMO to reposition the school.
The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) has been attracted to work at the Academy even as the current management has partnered with the Nigeria Association of Master Mariners (NAMM), the Association of Marine Engineers and Surveyors (AMES) and other relevant stakeholders within the Maritime Industry.
Effedua noted that little or nothing would have been done without the support of the Honourable Minister of Transportation, Rt Hon. Rotimi Amaechi as well as Interim Ministerial Committee which was led by Chief Adebayo Sarumi and the Chairman of the Academy’s Board- Chief Demola Seriki.