Akwa Ibom Education News

Maritime Academy to stop admitting new students in 2018

The Acting Rector of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, Commodore Duja Effedua, has said the institution will stop admitting new applicants from the next academic session.

Effedua, in an interview with our correspondent in Oron, Akwa Ibom State, disclosed that the decision to halt the admission of applicants was due to a wide gap in the ratio of lecturers to students, among other reasons.

He said, “The lecturer-student ratio in MAN is horrible. It is one lecturer to 90 students. Sometimes it is one lecturer to 200 students. The lecturers cannot do much in such circumstance. This is why we decided to stop admission of applicants into the academy this year.

“Also, some of our cadets sleep on the floor. We don’t want anybody to sleep on the floor any longer. We are going to admit between 250 and 270 into the academy.”

In another development, the Maritime Academy of Nigeria Alumni Association described Nigeria’s failure to award a Class 1 Certificate of Competency to seafaring graduates of the institution, after 40 years of maritime training, as sad and depressing.

The President of the association, Mr. Austin Zurike, who spoke with our correspondent on Monday, said that Nigeria had no justification for failing to upgrade facilities in the academic for the award of the certificate.

Zurike also said that globally maritime training had moved away from traditional capacity building system to a more dynamic affair.

Noting that the alumni association had resolved to partner the academy towards the training of world-class seafarers, he said, “Although our alma mater is currently facing some challenges, restructuring is ongoing and there  is  a  bill  at  the  National  Assembly to convert  it  to a  university.

“Apart from this, thousands of ex-cadets  and recent  graduates  of the academy are  unable to proceed to sea  for their sea  training. We  have  many ex-cadets  who are  roaming the  streets without  jobs, while  many foreigners  are  manning vessels  trading in Nigeria  under a Cabotage regime.”

Zurike also wondered if Nigeria would be left behind by the rest of the world at a time other countries were moving away from the traditional and conventional maritime capacity-building system.

He said the country stood to gain a lot, as  a  resource-rich nation, if it took  advantage  of its abundant  natural  resources  and human capital  and moulded cadets  to become  the  next  generation of leading maritime  professionals.

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