THE FORMER NPA MANAGING DIRECTOR GETS MANDATE TO RESTRUCTURE MARITIME ACADEMY
The Federal Government has given a mandate to Chief Adebayo Sarumi, the former Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), to restructure Nigeria’s oldest maritime training institution, the Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN), Oron, Akwa Ibom State.
Chief Adebayo Sarumi is expected to lead the team of five other professionals to supervise the restructuring of Nigeria’s premier maritime manpower development institution. Meanwhile, we can recall that Chief Sarumi was the one that championed the successful implementation of the Federal Government economic reforms that led to the successful concessioning of the nation’s seaports in 2006.
They were given months to accomplish the terms of reference given to it.
It was reported that the six-man committee was setup in January this year in order, among other functions, to advise the Federal Government on the best way to restructure and reposition MAN, Oron.
Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation said the Federal Government had approved the implementation of the reports earlier submitted by the committee while inaugurating the six-man interim management committee in Abuja.
Hon. Rotimi Amaechi said “To achieve the vision and objectives of establishing the institution, members of the committee are now transformed into an Interim Management Committee. We approached 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”.
The minister, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, enjoined the newly appointed Rector of the Academy, Mr. Duja Effedua, to work with the committee, pointing out that he could also act in that capacity after the assignment of the committee was over.
According to the Minister, Mr. Duja Effedua will work with the interim management committee and he can only assume the full powers of a rector after Sarumi and his team have concluded their work. The ministry would provide the necessary resources to enable the committee function properly.
Chief Adebayo Sarumi Sarumi in his response expressed the readiness of his team to discharge the task diligently. Likewise, Mr. Duja Effedua said he would assess the situation and challenges of the academy to enable him chart a work plan for successful implementation.