Newly appointed Rector of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, Commodore Emmanuel Duja Effedua, has unveiled plans to raise the standard of teaching, learning and infrastructure at the nation’s foremost maritime training institution.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of recently held World Maritime Day celebration in Lagos, Effedua said, under his watch, the academy will remain focused on delivering on its core mandates to train and certify employable seafarers in line with globally acceptable standards.
He decried the refusal by shipowners to employ graduates of the academy over alleged poor standards of training adding that the academy suffered a decline in standards when it started pursuing becoming a university.
Effedua, a retired officer of the Nigerian Navy, added that the academy could retain its name and excel in standards to the level of awarding degrees without necessarily altering its original nomenclature.
He cited examples with institutions like the Nigeria Defence Academy, Zaria and the Police Academy in Kano, that presently award degrees without getting derailed with a process of name change to a university.
According to the new Rector, Maritime Academy of Nigeria can still achieve a degree awarding status but focus should not just be about the title of certificates being awarded. He said there is need to achieve and sustain full compliance with International Maritime Organisation training standard in all its programmes.
He added that the academy need to restructured for optimum productivity and efficiency as it presently has about 800 senior staff members and a hundred junior workers, which is imbalanced and affects productivity.
He said its time all staff members of the academy must justify their presence as the system will not condone persons whom he decribed are intellectually vacant
On the Interim Management Committee of the academy being chaired by Chief Adebayo Sarumi, a former Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Effedua lauded the initiative of the Transport Minister to set it up.
He said the committee comprises of very seasoned and experienced maritime administrators with impeccable pedigrees whose counsel are of immense value to the growth of the school, while describing them as brilliant Nigerians .
The Rector said he is on ground to implement Whatever recommendation the community brought
He described those protesting and making troubles over recent actions in the academy as ill formed and not truly representing the Oron people., whom he described as peace loving.