The Alumni of Maritime Academy of Nigeria Oron (AMANO) has commended the Academy’s efforts to enhance its profile and technical capacity with acquisition of more simulators and better remuneration for staff, even as the institution plans to build a modern marine exhibition center.
AMANO made the commendation recently its executive delegation, led by the President, Emmanuel Maiguwa paid a cutesy visit to the Rector of MAN Oron, Duja Efedua.
Briefing AMANO on the transformation at the Academy, the Rector said “MAN Oron now has three Major simulators, which ranks among the latest in the world; Multifunctional Classroom Simulation system, Full Mission Bridge Simulation and Full Mission Engine room Simulation.”
Rector, MAN Oron, Duja Efedua
He commended AMANO for their continuous support for the institution and the entire maritime sector and assured the body that his leadership has a goal to restore the Academy to its proper place as a world-class maritime training institution.
Effedua also expressed delight that most of the problems that bedeviled the institution in the past had been addressed, including the challenges of overcrowding of cadets in hostels and classrooms with a hostel room accommodating up to 18 cadets per room in the past, poor medical facility and poor transportation system.
“The Academy was able to carry out an upward review of salaries, especially for contracted instructors with special skills, to be able to attract and keep quality personnel with regular training. We are also expecting two Master Mariners to join in about a week and four more in the coming months”. He said.
The MAN Oron Rector received an award of excellence from the Academy’s Alumni Body, said the institution’s transformation has resulted in the employment of over 100 members of the host community with prospect for more employment opportunities as things progress.
On his part, the President of AMANO thanked the Rector and his team ‘for the excellent work of transformation carried out in the Academy’ adding that if the tempo is sustained for a few more years, the Maritime Academy of Nigeria will have the chance of becoming one of the top maritime training facilities in Africa.
President, AMANO, Emmanuel Maiguwa
Maiguwa said the visit was to enable AMANO to assess the progress on the ground and learn from the management how best AMANO could use its wealth of experience in the industry to support the Academy.
The alumni group also asked the Academy to seek a special grant from government to make adequate funding available for the Academy to attract Active-Seafarers who will be motivated to share their work time between ships and the Academy without losing remuneration.