The Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN), Oron, has signed a partnership deal with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and other oil firms in the country for the training of seafarers from the Niger Delta region.
Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC) and OANDO Oil Limited were co-signatories to the agreement.
Ante Mkpandiok, acting Rector of the Academy, said the joint-partnership in the training of cadets enables the Academy to deliver on its core mandate, which is to develop manpower for the country’s Maritime and allied industries.
He regretted that the institution had been denied basic instruments and professional trainings for efficiency and competitiveness in the global maritime sector.
Mkpandiok noted that the Academy lacked a national fleet, poor policy, training berths and ships, as well as dearth of survival training pool, poorly equipped e-library and simulators.
He, however expressed hope that in view of the importance of the partnership, there was the need to improve the quality of its services. “We strongly believe that this will put us in a better position to continue to provide quality maritime training and education that competes favourably in the global maritime landscape,” Mkpandiok said.
Massimo Insulla, representative of the managing director of OANDO Oil Limited, disclosed that the company has always been an active partner to youth manpower development from the host communities in particular and the Nigerian maritime sector in general.
He said that, apart from the over 280 youths from the Niger Delta communities currently engaged in diverse training programmes, there were other components of the Eni Marine Capacity Development Initiative.
These, he said, include construction of a marine laboratory, comprising three workshops, simulation rooms, meeting rooms and offices in 2016, as well as practical sea-time training programme inaugurated in 2017.
Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, who was represented by the state controller of the ministry, Tonye Thom-Manuel, said he was happy over for the joint-venture initiative of the oil companies towards addressing critical needs in the maritime sector, especially as they concern training of youths from the host communities.
Kelvin Okonna, director of MAN Consultancy Services (MANCONSULT), said the training programme, which has a complementary part of sea service on board a ship, was designed in collaboration with STWC and the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) template and guidelines.