By DAPO OLAWUNI
The Chartered Institute of Transport Administration (CIOTA) has commended the various infrastructure development going on at the Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN) in Oron in Akwa Ibom State.
The institute has equally set up it’s Akwa Ibom Chapter headed Mrs. Uki Felicia Nfon as chairperson.
In a statement sent to DAILY TREND by the Publicity Secretary of CIOTA, Mrs Chizoba Anyika, key members of the Institute had paid a familiarization visit to MAN Oron to collaborate with them and build strategic synergy on key mandates of CIOTA ranging from professional training to partnerships on mutual interests.
President of CIOTA, Dr Bashir Jamoh was represented by the CIoTA Secretary, Hon. Evans Chinda who led the team comprising of the Registrar Mr. Rasheed Aiyelebagan , the Financial Secretary Captain Green Elei Igbogi, the National Publicity Secretary Mrs. Chizoba Anyika, the Provost Mr. Kenneth Ibiama, the Rivers State Coordinator Chief Dr. Bob Ekwuribe, Mr. Emmanuel Agbor to the programme.
“The visit was successful as the representative of Rector of Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, Akwa Ibom State, Commodore Emmanuel Effedua (retd.), Dr. Kelvin Okono, Director, Strategic Seafarers training took us through the before and after state of the Institution where a lot of work and fresh innovations have been achieved to reposition this citadel of maritime training.
“The significant infrastructural, administrative and technical improvements in the institution within the last four years is a beauty to behold and a sure promise of boosting the image and academic status of graduates of the school and Nigeria in general .
“Established in 1977 as the Nautical College of Nigeria and upgraded to Maritime Academy of Nigeria in 1988 to produce seafarers for the Nigerian maritime industry and the world at large, the academy has indeed evolved into an enviable Institution to beat any in that category in Africa.
“Our team were taken on a tour of the Academy to observe major upgrades in academic and physical infrastructures within the school.
“We met fiscal discipline, administrative and academic restructuring and cadets that were happily taking their lessons in practical aspects of their chosen vocation.
“From all that we met on ground, from the simulator, library, engine room to the swimming pool HUET, STWC training centre, we are certain that this great Institution is repositioned for any form of accreditation and support from the International Maritime Organisation and others.
“The simulators are state-of-the-art, the Engineering Workshop, Exhibition Hall are beautiful sights to behold as the training of cadets on the functionality of a ship is key to their competences and competitiveness. There were computers and computer-based equipment everywhere and in every hall and class we entered.
“Their library were stocked with books which were donated by IMO.
“It is indeed a world-class institution with state of the arts equipment that meets global best practices.
“Thereafter, the Akwa Ibom Chapter was inaugurated by the President and certificates handed over by the National Publicity Secretary.
“We sincerely appreciate the hospitality of the school leadership who ensured our comfort and Dr. Bob’s magnanimity for providing further logistics for the other assignments” Anyika stated
Meanwhile, the newly inaugurated team that will henceforth steer the affairs of CIoTA Akwa Ibom Chapter includes; Mrs. Uki Felicia Nfon as Chairperson.
Other members are:
Dr. Eto Gabriel Maero
Dr. Friday Michael Ufia
Mrs. Aniebetabasi Prosper Daniel
Ms Nsikan Ukporo
Mr. Obong Idoreyin Eden
Mr. Chibuzo Ebere Anyanwu.