By Gift Samuel, The Sight News
Abuja-The Minister of Transportation, Honourable Chibuike Amaechi has said that the Federal government is working to ensure that the Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN) Oron performs like other academies in the world.
The Minister made the disclosure on Thursday when he received the final report of the Interim Management Committee of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN), Oron, Akwa Ibom State.
Amaechi who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Sabiu Zakari appreciated the members of the committee for assisting the country and the Ministry to come up with solutions and road maps for the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron.
He explained that the committee came about in 2017 due to issues surrounding the dilapidation of the academy and recommendations were offered on how to address the issues, adding that the fact finding of the IMC made obvious the need to address the issues in the Maritime industry.
He assured the Committee that their labour of producing the document will not be in vain. “One because you were appointed because the Ministry and the government knew of your work and therefore whatever you have produced I am certain it will be worth it.
“The forwarded recommendations will be handed to the board of Maritime Academy that will be inaugurated next week and the ministry will ensure that through its oversight functions that the recommendations are fully implemented.
“We want Maritime Academy to perform like other academies in the world that have been performing most of the things which unfortunately Maritime academy Oron cannot do” he noted.
He remarked that there has been a lot of improvement since the committee started out at MAN, adding that their act is patriotic.
“I want to assure and reassure you that the recommendations provided, we don’t have another person to give us these recommendations besides the committee. We don’t have any other superior recommendations better than what you have offered us.
“We assure you that we will accept and do all you have offered us so that the academy can move on and we are aware that it has moved on since you stepped in” Amaechi added.
Earlier, the Interim Management Committee led by the chairman, Chief Adebayo Sarumi said that the opportunity they were given allowed them to look in depth into the challenges of the School, adding that they also compared the academy with others around the world and found out the areas of deficiencies.
Chief Sarumi stated that the committee reached out to other parts of the world to seek assistance with respect to curriculum development as well as quality of training.
He further announced that a road map has been prepared for the School, and expressed believe that the road map will see the school for the next 10 years or more and stressed that the school requires a lot of assistance particularly from the Ministry so as to bring their curriculum and training facilities to world standard.
The Committee head emphasized the need to balance out the staffing situation, saying that a situation where non academic staff is 80 per cent and academic staff 20 per cent is definitely not the very best for the School, adding however that the Oron community is grateful for what the Minister is doing to revamp, reposition and restructure the school.
The Interim Management Committee were appointed on the 6th of September, 2017 to run the affairs of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron for a period of six months.