Thursday, 19 February 2015

Group calls for reappointment of MAN’s Rector

A youth group in Akwa Ibom, the  Oro Patriotic Movement, has called reappointment of the Rector, Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN), Oron, Mr Joshua Okpo. 

Speaking with newsmen in Oron local government area of the state, the Oro Patriotic Movement leader, Mr Clinson Emene, said that given his performance, the rector deserved reappointment.

He said that Okpo’s administration, which tenure expires this June, had witnessed tremendous transformation of the academy.
Emene noted that since Okpo assumed office in 2011, there had been remarkable changes in the landscape and infrastructure of the institution.
He said that the rector’s endorsement for second term followed his visionary leadership style as seen in the expansion work done at the academy.
Emene also said that the rector had provided quality and critical infrastructure to boost teaching and learning in the academy.

He noted that rector’s commitment to training and re-training of staff had impacted positively on academic performance of cadets in the institutions.
“We want his reappointment because of his credibility and the way he runs the academy.

“To us is the best Rector, the Maritime Academy has ever had since its existence in 1976,” Emene said.

Emene further said that Okpo’s administration had intensified efforts at ensuring that cadets of the academy are sent abroad for adequate training for the Mandatory Sea Time Experience.

“We express confidence on the Rector’s administration and appealed to the Federal Government to reappoint him,” he said.

He noted that the Rector’s attention to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) was above average and development of human capital was unparalleled.
Emene said that the relationship between the Rector, Oro elders and members of Oro Traditional Ruling Council was cordial.

The youth leader expressed optimism that the reappointment of the Rector would help the academy to develop infrastructure for take-off of the envisaged Maritime University in Oron.

Our Correspondent reports that other groups that want reappointment of Okpo include Oro Unity Forum, Oro Liberated Mandate and Akpakip Oro Concern Youth Forum.

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