The rector of Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN), Oron in Akwa Ibom State Commodore Duja Effedua (Rtd) has said that his administration has already implemented 60% of the reforms recommended by the Interim Management Committee to repositioned and restructured the academy.
He also revealed that the institution will reduce the number of cadets intake to ensure quality instead of quantity as regards training of cadets in the academy.
Effedua who was at the 2018 World Maritime Day Celebration organised by the Federal Ministry of Transportation in Lagos also said plans are already on to build the academy’s simulation centre.
According to the rector “For the new intakes expected to be admitted in our next admission programme, we will be deviating from what used to be where cadets are admitted based on political or whatever affiliations.
“For instance, we used to admit between 1,200 and 2000 cadets per stream. That won’t happen anymore. In our next admission, we are taking only 88 cadets for the National Diploma level and about 150 for the Higher National Diploma level.
“Gone are those days when cadets are admitted based on affiliations to somebody up there, and at the end of the day, what the academy produces is quantity and not quality. It is important the academy manages what it can handle.”
The Rector explained that about 60 percent of reforms have been implemented. “We have restructured. We have implemented, and have attained 60 percent reform goals. Presently, we are sourcing for lecturers, qualified ones both from home and abroad.
“We are remodelling the classrooms, the hostels and the library. We are also building a new simulation centre which NIMASA has pledged to us equip. NIMASA has us to set up a three committee to work on the centre. I believe that by the next six months, MAN, Oron will be one of the best academies in the continent, Effedua boasted.
He informed the gathering that the academy will be having its graduation in the next three weeks and will like the maritime stakeholders to come and see for themselves what has transpired in the academy in the last six months.