The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, on Wednesday inaugurated a six-man Interim Management Committee for the Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN), Oron.
During the ceremony in Abuja, Amaechi disclosed that the Federal Government has also approved the implementation of the committee’s report.
The Committee which is headed by the former Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, Chief Adebayo Sarumi, was earlier given the assignment of advising the government on how best to reposition the academy.
Amaechi said during the ceremony, “It is my pleasure to once again welcome you to yet another inauguration on the same matter, the restructuring of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron.
“As I said during your inauguration as a committee to advise government on how best to restructure and reposition the academy to make it comparable to successful academies worldwide.
“To achieve the vision and objectives of establishing the institution, members of the committee now transformed into an Interim Management Committee.
“We approach the Federal Government since May to give us the go ahead to implement your reports and we got the approval of the President for the committee to implement that report.”
He called on the Rector of the Academy, Cdr. Duja Effedua to cooperate with the committee, adding that he will act as the Rector after the assignment of the Committee.
“The Federal Government had appointed the Rector with the idea to work with the committee and he can only act as a Rector after the committee is done with their assignment.”
Sarumi said his committee was ready to carry out the recommendation given to it and will complete the assignment in a space of six months.