The Delta State Deputy Governor, Prof. Amos Utuama, SAN, has stated that the state government will continue to recognized and encourage maritime institutions that are relevant in the development of youths in order to participate in diversification of the economy.
Prof. Utuama stated this on Monday while playing host to Chairman and members of the Governing Council of Global Maritime Academy Nigeria, on a courtesy call at his office in Asaba. He noted that the state government is always pleased to see private enterprise doing very well in the development of manpower for the maritime sector in the state.
He added that the Delta State Government established the Delta State Maritime Institution in Burutu in order to harness the potential of the maritime sector which needs development in the state so as to promote indigenous skilled labour in the operations of the various ports in the state.
He commended the management of Global Maritime Academy for being the first Institution next to that of the state government that is devoted to carrying out training in the maritime sector. According to him; “We want to congratulate you for graduating the first set of students who are doing so well in the maritime industry. By this singular initiative, you are adding to the three point agenda of this government within the larger framework of policy of ‘Delta State beyond oil’, because you are engaging in the area of human capital development”.
While assuring that the state government will do everything possible to assist and encourage the Academy, the Deputy Governor noted that the Academy is relevant in the development of young ones to participate in the diversification of the economy. He urge the special project director monitoring on education to monitor and see how the school is being run and the prospect it has so as to know whatever intervention government can make.
The Chairman of Global Maritime Academy, Prof. Chris Orubo, who was represented by Engr. Isaiah Kekeje, asserted that the courtesy call is to brief the state government on the activities and achievements of the Academy that was established in 2009 and approved by the state and federal government through the National Board of Technical Education to provide quality maritime education.
He noted that the Academy which is located at Ogoni-Olomu, Ughelli South Local Government Area of the state, is one of such institutions approved by the federal government to run maritime and security management courses in Nigeria.
He added that the Academy offers the National Innovative Diploma (NID), in courses like: Shipping Management, Security and Technology Management, Computer Studies and Maritime Engineering.
While asserting that graduates from the Academy that are employed in various private organisations are good indicators of contribution to the development of maritime labour in Nigeria, as 10 out of last year graduates are already in the Nigerian Navy, he appealed for government recognition and support to enable the Academy sail through.