Rector of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Mr. Joshua Okpo
A non-governmental organisation (NGO), Essu Nlap Oron Development Organisation, has hailed the Rector of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Mr. Joshua Okpo, for what it described as his “laudable efforts” in improving on the standards of training personnel and facilities at Nigeria's premier maritime training institution.
The NGO, which comprises of youths of Oron Kingdom, met in a town hall meeting presided by its President, Mr. Etim Ante, and gave Okpo a pat on the back for the strides he has made since he came on board as the rector of the academy.
The meeting aimed at preparing the youths of Oron through sensitisation and enhanced skills acquisition for job creation in the emerging Ibaka deep seaport, as well as the oil and gas industry.
Ante lauded Okpo for what he called the “his selflessness” and rapid infrastructural improvement of the academy within a short time he was appointed as its helmsman.
Describing the Rector as a committed Nigerian who has resolved to make a mark and improve the fortunes of the country through manpower development for optimum benefits of indigenous professionals and technicians who wish to take advantage of the 2003 Coastal and Inland Shipping Act (Cabotage Law) and the 2010 Nigerian Local Content Act.
In his remarks at the town hall meeting, Okpo appreciated the level of support and co-operation the academy has been receiving from the host and neighbouring communities since his appointment.
Okpo, who was represented by MAN, Oron Head of Public Relations, Mr. Siddi Mkpandiok, expressed the academy’s readiness to open and sustain relationship with critical stakeholders in its quest to execute its mandate.
He expressed the need for the youth of the area to embrace the maritime sector of the economy, transport, oil and gas, as well as the Nigerian Content Monitoring and Development Board (NCMDB).
According to him, it was imperative that the youth take full advantage of the huge potentials in the sector of the economy.
Enjoining Oron and Akwa Ibom youths to take advantage of the various courses offered by the MAN, Oron and its increasing level of certification which includes a planned affiliation with the World Maritime University in Malmo, Sweden for the award of degrees, Okpo urged the youths to shun unlawful and anti-social activities and be prepared to be part of the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan whom he described as a man with great vision for the nation.
He described the academy as a national asset capable of preparing Nigerians for quality local and international employments should there be adequate funding of the academy.