The Minister of Transportation, Honourable Chibuike Amaechi has received Final Report of Interim Management Committee of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria.
Amaechi, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Saibu 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 (MAN), Oron in Akwa Ibom State. He disclosed that the Federal Government is working hard to ensure that the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, performs like other academies in the world.
Amaechi noted that the Interim Management Committee (ICM) was set up to address issues raised at a stake holders’ meeting on maritime matters in 2017, on the depreciation in value and assets of the academy.
He said that recommendations were offered on how to address the issues and that the fact finding of the IMC made stressed on the need to address the issues of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria and remarked that there has been a lot of improvement since the committee started out at MAN, adding that their act is patriotic
“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 said.
He assured the Committee that “their labour of producing the document will not be in vain. 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” he added.
“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.
Earlier in his remarks, the Interim Management Committee Chairman, Chief Adebayo Sarumi thanked the Minister for the opportunity given to them to serve the nation and said that they did an in depth research to identify the challenges of the School, also compared the academy with others around the world to look at areas of deficiencies and reached out to other parts of the world to seek assistance with respect to curriculum development as well as quality of training.
The Committee head stressed the need to strike a balance on the staff ratio and said that a situation where nonacademic staff is 80 per cent and academic staff 20 per cent was not the best for the School, adding that the Oron community was in support of what the Minister is doing to revamp, reposition and restructure the school.
He further stated that a road map has been prepared for the School, and told the Minister that the road map will guide the school for the next 10 years. He appealed for continued support of the Academy from the Ministry of Transportation so as to bring their curriculum and training facilities to world standard.
It will be recalled that the Interim Management Committee was set up on the 6th of September, 2017 to run the affairs of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron for a period of six months.