The Management of Maritime Academy of Nigeria in Oron, Akwa Ibom State, has proposed the sum of N900 million for the overseas training of 250 students in seafaring.
This, according to the institute’s rector, Mr. Joshua Okpo, is sequel to the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Federal Ministry of Transport and the Turkish Government for students to attend one year on-board sea training outside Nigeria.
Okpo, who spoke in Oron over the weekend, said 150 students from Nautical Science Department, were expected to go for the sea- time training while 100 others would come from the Marine Engineering Department.
He said the was aimed to prepare the students for actual marine engineering as they would be going round various countries of the world in a ship that has been prepared for them for a period of one year before going onshore.
Okpo said his administration had taken positive steps to sanitise the institution with the recent six months suspension of some lecturers suspected to have been involved in certificate racketeering.
The rector, who regretted that some students expelled from other universities due to certain social vices found their way into the institute, said such students had attempted to exert certain negative influences on others.