By Taiye Elebiyo-Edeni
The Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN), Oron, Akwa Ibom, says its focus is on coaching high quality cadets according to the worldwide greatest observe.
The Acting Rector of the academy, retired Commodore Duja Effedua, gave the peace of mind in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
Effedua made the remarks in response to some claims in some quarters that the academy had not admitted college students for 2 years.
He stated that there was no admission in 2017 session solely “as a result of the amenities are overstretched’’.
The rector defined that the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) suggested that maritime academies ought to cut back the variety of cadets being educated worldwide.
“Nigeria shouldn’t be exempted as a result of there won’t be ships to position them on and this may increasingly result in redundancy,’’ Effedua stated.
He quoted IMO as observing that there have been too many cadets within the lecture rooms.
According to him, the IMO classroom commonplace is 30 cadets in school.
“The academy was not shut down for 2 years as declare.
“There was no admission in 2017 session; we wrote to JAMB to exempt us for that session solely in order that we are able to reorganise ourselves.
“That we skipped admission for one 12 months doesn’t imply we don’t have cadets on floor.
The rector defined that the hostel was congested as a room meant for 2 individuals was now harbouring about 18 cadets.
He added that as a result of the amenities have been being overstretched, the Interim Management Committee (IMC) suggested that academy to skip admission till 2018.
“Our focus is the following batch of cadets; we need to give them one of the best.
“We don’t need to practice amount, we need to practice high quality, which suggests the variety of consumption will cut back.’’
Effedua, nonetheless, counseled the IMC inaugurated by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi in June 2017, for reviewing the curriculum according to worldwide greatest practices.
He stated that the committee additionally invited IMO and United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) to make the ultimate changes to the curriculum.
The rector stated the administration had resolved a number of the challenges going through the academy.
He stated that the administration has positioned commercial for procurement of extra gear, lecturers and non-academic employees.
According to him, the committee found that some lecturers have pretend outcomes and will probably be changed.
“So, we need to get one of the best hand on board as we’ll recruit about 16 lecturers.’’
NAN remembers that the IMC was inaugurated in June 9, 2017 to restructure MAN, Oron, by reviewing its curriculum according to worldwide greatest practices and in addition to solves a number of the challenges going through the academy