Members of the National Assembly have pledged their commitment to partner with relevant government agencies to provide a training vessel for Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, Akwa Ibom State.
Chairman, House Committee on Maritime Transport, Mr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, stated this in Oron on Friday, when he led a member representing Oron Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Mr. Robinson Uwak, and other members of the House Committee on Maritime Transport to the academy on inspection of facilities.
The lawmakers stated that they were going to get a training vessel to the academy by collaborating with the federal Ministry of Transport and Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to provide the academy with the needed vessel.
Ugwuanyi stated that the House would support the academy in curbing security challenges through appropriation and by way of providing for the maintenance of the police team that will be sent to the academy by the Inspector General of Police.
He said, “We are going to partner with Ministry of Transport and Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency to provide a training vessel for the academy. This is a move towards repositioning the institution to a maritime university.
“We will also ensure that the academy gets adequate security to curb the insecurity in our waterways.”
The rector of the academy Mr. Joshua Okpo intimated the House Committee on Maritime Transport that he came into the academy in 2011 and he decided to approach the development of the institution with commitment.
He attributed the success of his administration to God and the collective support of the management, staff, cadets, and the host community.
He explained that no development can thrive in an atmosphere of violence. He noted that the first thing he did upon assumption of office was to ensure that there is peace between Idua Ukpatta/Udung Okung, who were in a serious communal clash over whose portion of land MAN used more.
Joshua Okpo announced to the team that the academy was grappling with the security challenges, over- stretched facilities and poor funding.
He urged the National Assembly to address the challenges in order to sustain President Jonathan’s transformation Agenda in the academy. He appealed to the National Assembly to give the academy an enabling hand to build a police post in between Idua Ukpatta and Udung Okung Communities.