of Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN), Oron, Akwa Ibom, has appealed to the
Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to improve the
funding of the academy.
Rector of the Academy, Mr Joshua Okpo, who made the appeal in an interview with
the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Oron on Sunday, noted that the financial
needs of the institution had risen above the amount the law mandated NIMASA to
release to it.
to him, although the law stipulates that NIMASA should release at least five
percent of its revenue to the academy, it did not stop the agency from
allocating more funds.
told NAN that the institution needed to build a simulator complex valued at
N2.5 billion so as to meet the training requirements of its cadets.
rector explained that the establishment of the simulator complex would require
the provision of Global Maritime Distress Signal System (GMDSS), radar ARPA
simulator and engine simulator.
said that the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) audit team would visit
the academy in January 2016 for the assessment of its facilities.
must try very hard to remain on the IMO white list and we appeal to the Federal
Government to help in purchasing the equipment.
the equipment for simulator training and certification, we may not likely pass
the test,’’ he said.
rector said with the installation of the simulators, students of the academy
would no longer be taken to Regional Maritime University, Ghana, for further
training and certification.
who was recently re-appointed for a second term in office, promised to work
hard to complete all ongoing projects in the academy to enable it to attain a
academy, which was established in 1979 as Nautical College of Nigeria now runs
National Diploma, Post-Graduate Diploma and Certificate programmes in Maritime.
offered in the academy are Nautical Science, Marine Engineering, Boat/Ship
Building Technology and Maritime Transport/Business Studies.
are Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Hydrology/Fishery Science and Marine Meteorology/Oceanography.