A socio-cultural organisation, Oro Patriotic Movement, has blamed the Federal Government for inadequate funding of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN) Oron, Akwa Ibom State, for the past few years.
While speaking in Eket recently, leader of the group, Mr. Clinson Emene, urged the Federal Government to release the statutory budgetary funds to the academy to enable it meet its educational needs.
According to Emene, proper funding of the academy would aid the institution complete some of the ongoing projects on time.
“We want the FG to encourage the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, by releasing more funds to the institution to enable it complete some of its ongoing projects.
“We are not happy with the slow pace at which projects in the institution are executed. We appreciate the effort of the rector, Mr. Joshua Okpo, for working assiduously to give the institution a facelift,” he said.
He lamented that the funds coming to the institution through the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) had been split into three maritime institutions in the country, among which are those in Warri, Port Harcourt, and Oron.
He said, “If you go to the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, you will see many abandoned projects because of the split in funds that were meant for the academy.
“We in the Oro Patriotic Movement, therefore, call on NIMASA to release more funds to the academy to complete some of the projects that were left uncompleted,” he said.
Emene, however, praised the rector of the academy, Mr. Joshua Okpo, for his prudent management of scarce resources, which had brought about massive development in infrastructure within the academy.