…Says the Agency will Help to Pay salaries of Lecturers
By Sandra Chukwunyere
This year’s World Maritime Day celebration was a great one indeed as it presented a great opportunity and a platform for the Rector of the famous maritime institute in Nigeria, the Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN) Oron, Akwa Ibom State,Commodore Duja Effedua, who highlighted the impact his administration is making while also using the event day to commend the innovative and supportive ideas and moves of the current management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside whom the Rector said that his administration has really done a lot in terms of infrastructure and capacity building at the academy.
The Rector also thanked and commended the effort of NIMASA DG, whom he said has also promised to assist the academy to pay the salaries of lecturers to be sourced both foreign by the academy.
”The DG of NIMASA has also promised to even help us pay the salaries of lecturers we are able to source both local and abroad. We shall be engaging the master mariners, though we have spoken to them in the past but after today we shall take the discussion to the next level.”
Speaking during a goodwill message at the just held world maritime day 20I8 at Eko Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.
”Because without them we cannot do anything. So when we are talking we tell them that this is what we have done, this is where we have reached. For the stakeholders, this what we have done. This is our effort. We are not going to be begging you to take our cadets on board immediately they graduate. No, we are going to make our cadets very attractive that you will come at their graduation and say we need four, we need five etc. And how are we going to do it? We are going to involve you directly or indirectly in their trainings. We are going to invite you as lecturers, guest lecturers.
The Rector also begged the management of the apex maritime regulatory body NIMASA to please ensure that the next year’s World Maritime Day be held at the academy, MAN, Oron, Akwa Ibom State.
”And will also I wish to beg the maritime administration headed by the DG of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside to please hold the next World Maritime Day celebration at the Academy because we are presently building (remodelling)our world class auditorium at the academy, which will be better than Eko Hotel auditorium, I can bet it”, the rector boasted.
”And for those of you who will be coming for our graduation celebration, by the time you take a facility tour of our facilities, you will be amazed by what you will see.
The first person to get shocked at the sight of what is happening was the DG of NIMASA about three weeks back. He was shocked. And for those of who has not been there, I beg you please be at our graduation ceremony this time around and witness our graduation and see what we have done so far.”
For the cadets, (new intakes), the Rector noted that the academy is going for the best and quality cadets, those who graduate with first class.
”For the new intakes, I think I am going to get a lot of enemies at the end of day, but I don’t care. If you go to the airport and put a sticker and said, you need graduates who graduated with first class, if you don’t have first class will you fly? The same with ship. You don’t put somebody because of political consideration or some affiliations with such big machines because stakeholders might had invested huge sums of money to bring these vessels into the country from abroad. So, we are going to give you quality cadets. For instance, in a situations where in the past we take 2000, I,000 or 200 cadets per training, that is not going to happen anymore, rather we are taking only 88 cadets for National Diploma (ND) and I50 for the Higher National Diploma (HND). We want to manage what we can handle and also make sure that they don’t go out flooding labour market at the end of day.”
While commenting on the need for the academy’s library to be equipped with modern reference books, the Rector also called on stakeholders to assist in doing that while noting that NIMASA has donated to that IMO had also donated.