The Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi has approved the promotion of 378 staff of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN), Oron.
The development according to a statement issued by the head, Corporate Affairs of the academy, Siddi Mkpandiok, a copy of which was made available to SHIPS & PORTS DAILY yesterday is in fulfilment of the federal government’s resolve to transform the maritime academy.
The statement said the promotion is the outcome of the result of both junior, senior as well as management staff interviews which took place at the academy late last year.
A breakdown of the promotion showed that 157 are junior staff while the senior and management staff drawn from both the academic and administration arms is 221.
Among them are three Chief Lecturers: Maurice Ijeoma; Innocent Ezeala; Dr. John Adeyanju; four Directors: Siddi Mkpandiok, Corporate Affairs, Emmanuel Essien, Personnel Affairs, Sunday Udoh, Finance and Account; Okon Okon, Finance and Account.
Four others got promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief Lecturer and they include; Atim Ikara, Ekwere William; Olaoluwa Omotosho; Angela Udofe and an Assistant Chief Librarian, Effiong Okon.
Two staff each was also promoted to the rank of Deputy Registrar and Deputy Director. They are: Peter Netson; Ishiola Yusuf; Theresa Anya and Babawale Ogunsola respectively.
“In the 40 years history of the Academy, never has half that number of staff been promoted in a single uplifting exercise. The gesture is even more impacting when weighed against the backdrop of staff who have worked for years without being promoted, as well as some who were enjoying their first-ever promotion.
“This gesture of the Honourable Minister of Transportation which is like a tonic releases a new lease of life as many staff could be seen exuding fresh confidence and determination, which could be considered important ingredients in government’s transformation drive,” the statement said.
The statement said the staff commended the Rector of the academy Mkpandiok Mkpandiok who expedite the promotion exercise and assisted the ministry to be fully involved.