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Mariner wants NIMASA to supervise Maritime Academy of NIgeria, Oron

Rear Admiral Godwill Ombo has called on the Nigerian Maritime
Administration and Safety Agency(NIMASA) to have
direct supervision of
the Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN), Oron, Akwa

Ombo, who
is also the Deputy Secretary-General of the Society of Nigerian 
(SNM) made the call in an interview in Lagos.

He said the call became necessary because the
academy had not been given 
required attention to enable it to train manpower to international standards
for the maritime industry.

Ombo said that
academy would only fulfill its purpose when professional 
were given the opportunity to run the academy as it should be.

“MAN, Oron should be completely upgraded.

“MAN, Oron had failed the maritime industry for
bringing up tomorrow’s
captains and tomorrow’s chief engineers because
they lack the basic necessity in today’s terms to bring those young men
and  women to meet up the standards that is international.

is supposed to have an oversight function of what MAN, Oron should

be doing.

“We need to have the persons that drive the
MAN, Oron, should be 

“They must be professional sailors; there are
so many sailors that are 
that are willing to go back to MAN, Oron and give that institute

what it
really needs.

“We need
professionals who have been there at sea, who have lived their 
lives at
sea to be running MAN, Oron.

“It is a
technical thing. It is not a state thing, it is not a political thing,
it should be a technocrat, somebody who has been a chief engineer at
for years that will bring his personal experience to train the younger ones

who has been a captain at sea for years should bring his personal
experience to train the younger ones coming.’’

Ombo, who
was also a former Flag Officers Commanding, Naval Training, said 
should as a matter of urgency, ensure the upgrading of facilities in the
academy to meet 21st century standards.

He said
that if the nation’s maritime industry would have chief engineers 
captains to run it in the future, concerted efforts to make it happen 
begin today. 

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