… Appeal for upgrade to degree awarding varsity
The Oro Youth Council, the third largest ethnic youth group in Akwa Ibom State has commended the Minister of Transport, Chibuike Amaechi and the Rector of Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Commodore Duja Efedua Rtd for the rapid transformation of the Academy in Oron, describing it as the most uncommon transformation since forty two years of its establishment.
The group, which rose from its Annual Easter retreat held at Le’ Meridien Hotel and Golf Resort Uyo on Monday April 5, 2021 tagged, “The Way Forward” also undertook a critical assessment of the Academy and its impact on the development of the Oro Nation, Akwa Ibom State and Nigeria at large.
In a communique issued after the meeting and jointly signed by Ulap Chris Ante, Leader and former International President, Oro Union Youth Wing, Comrade Joseph Eyo Nkereuwem, President and Comrade Patrick Anwana, National Secretary, Oro Youth Council critically appraised the ongoing developmental strides in the Academy in the past three years of the present management and commended the management led by Commodore Effedua (Rtd.) for the rapid transformation in the institution.
‘‘The performance and the ambitious pursuit of the present management led by Commodore Duja Effedua (Rtd.) to transform Maritime Academy of Nigeria into a world-class institution is beginning to yield a greater impact on the economy of Oro Nation through the attraction of global attention via tourism.
‘‘The present management has carried out wonderful strides in the area of infrastructural development, provision of IMO recommended equipments lack of which had bedeviled the Academy for over forty two (42) years of its existence, to mention but a few: the installation of IMO standard Simulator, Mandatory Courses Equipments, Firefighting Equipments, World Class Standard Swimming pools, Standard Hostels, Multifunctional Classrooms for cadets, Full Mission Bridge Simulation, Full Mission Engine Room Simulation, Multi-purpose Auditorium, Standard Medical Facility, ICT Centre and a host of others.
‘‘Commodore Duja Effedua (Rtd.)-led management has donated computers to Mary Hanny Secondary School, Oron and many others to enhance ICT learning as part of its corporate social responsibility. As good as this may be, Oro Youth Council expects more to be done by the Academy as part of its corporate social responsibility to the area.
They expressed gratitude to Hon. Amaechi “for his overwhelming support” and the incredible role he played in the choice of Commodore Effedua (Rtd.) as the substantive Rector of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron and appealed to the Minister to use his good office to ensure that the Academy is transformed into a degree awarding institution, having successfully completed the technical marine aspect of the Academy.
While expressing their delight to the Minister and the Rector for their efforts toward ensuring that the Academy becomes the best maritime institution in Africa and indeed the whole world, the Council said they are not unaware of the challenges in achieving these strides, noting that all issues can be peacefully resolved at a round table by the relevant institutions of the Oro Nation (Oro Union, COTR and Relevant Youth group).
The Council, thereafter, made the following recommendations:
‘‘That the management of Maritime Academy of Nigeria, should initiate courses that will impact skills and technical knowhow on the Oro Youths, Niger Deltans and Nigerians at large in view of the upcoming Ibaka Deep Seaport in Akwa Ibom State.
‘‘That Oro Nation should be given topmost priority in the admission of cadets into the institution.
‘‘That the management of the institution should create a relationship with the Host communities, COTR, Oron Union and other relevant Youth groups as a means to provide feedback mechanism.
‘‘That in view of the upcoming Seaport, the institution should consider sponsorship of Oro Youths to study critical courses in order to man the upcoming Seaport such as Heavy duty equipments operation.”
They also noted that for over 42 years of the institution’s existence, this is the first time the Academy has witnessed rapid transformation within a very short period and, therefore, called on the relevant stakeholders to create a peaceful environment for the present management of the institution to stay focused and attain greater heights for the Academy, so as to usher in economic development for the collective good of Oro Nation.