The federal government of Nigeria has promised to wade into the remittance imbroglio surrounding the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, (NIMASA) to Maritime Academy,Oron, Akwa Ibom State.
NIMASA, it was gathered was meant to remit five percent of its funding to the academy which according to information was not regularly done.
The irregular funding it was further gathered has caused a lot of misunderstanding between the institution and the agency.
But, the Minister of State for Transport, Senator, Gbemisola Saraki while fielding questions from journalists in the state shortly after a facility tour of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron on Thursday, said the federal government would take a holistic look at the remittances of NIMASA to the Academy with a view to solving the issues surrounding the release.
His words, “There seems to be misunderstanding on the part of NIMASA as to how these funds are supposed to be given to the Maritime Academy, Oron. It’s not in NIMASA’s pleasure, it’s not wether NIMASA wants to, or how it is NIMASA’s duty, it is not NIMASA to oversight it, NIMASA’s own is that you are supposed to give a certain amount to Maritime Academy.
“We will look into the system as it is supposed to be. We are looking at a way of seeing how this ridiculous problem go away forever. As at now it is not working. The many things that have not been answered vis a vis funding, amount, how remitting is done and when it is done.
“We will sit together Independent of Maritime Academy, and NIMASA to look at what is the permanent problem and find solution because sometimes it seems we have a misunderstanding. We will make it very simple for everybody so that there will be no area that we are confused.”
Commissioning the 200 Capacity ensuite hostel named after an Akwa Ibom born Maritime expert, Mrs Mfon Usoro, the Sen. Gbemisola Saraki Sports Pavilion and the Hon. Lynda Chuba-Ikpeazu Mini- Auditorium, the Minister of state applauded the Academy Rector,.Commodore Duja Emmanuel Effedua (Rtd) for recognizing and rewarding hard work.
The Minister expressed satisfaction with the quality of infrastructures put in place in the Academy, and commended the present leadership of the Academy, Oron led by the Rector, Navy Commodore Duja Effedua (retd)
The Minister of States used the occasion to disclose Federal government plans to use the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, to ensure Nigeria dominate the rest of Africa when it comes to Seafarers, through quality training.
Earlier, the Rector, Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron,. Commodore Duja Effedua (Rtd) said the decision to name some of the recently completed projects in the Academy after women who have distinguished themselves in the sector was to motivate other women to work hard.