The money is from the statutory five per cent of the agency’s income that the academy receives.
Mr. Patrick Akpobolokemi, director-general of Nimasa disclosed this in Lagos when he received the visiting Mr. Bjorn Kjerfve, president of the World Maritime University (WMU), at the Boardroom of the agency’s Maritime House headquarters on Burma Road, Apapa, Lagos. He said that the agency doled out one billion naira to Man Oron last year to upgrade its facilities and prepare it for upgrading to a university.
“We are desirous of seeing to it that the academy is well positioned to cope with the challenges of developing competent manpower for the maritime and allied industries, and that is why we will continue to support it even beyond the statutory role we are required to play,” Akpobolokemi said.
The Nimasa boss also said that one maritime academy is not enough for Nigeria considering the size of its youthful population. He said the government was working to create more maritime training institutions in the country.
The WMU president said that his visit to Nigeria was long overdue, since, according to him, the country has the second highest number of the university’s alumni in the world and is next only to China.
He said that his visit to Nigeria had taken him to the Federal Ministry of Transport in Abuja and the Man Oron, pledging to assist the academy in its quest to upgrade its offerings and status.
Kjerfve said that the WMU, based in Malmö, Sweden is a postgraduate maritime university founded by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), a specialised agency of the United Nations (UN).
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