By Godwin Oritse
THE Delta State School of Marine Technology in Burutu has begun the recruitment of workers to fill the various positions for its take off, just as it has also commenced moves to affiliate the institution to a foreign academy abroad.
Disclosing this Vanguard recently, Consultant to the project Dr Wilson Omene said thatarrangements have been concluded to fill the various position in the school, even as the curriculum containing is also ready for the teaching staff of the institution.
Omene stated that the School has fully computerized simulated training programme that is also fully supported by an ICT system. He explained that the skills provided through the various courses will allow the flexibility of its graduates to move into various marine engineering sector, post administration/operation, marine management and seafaring.
According to the marine expert who is also the Chairman of the Ethiope West Local Government Area, the school when fully commissioned will provide student with college education combining intellectual learning, applied technology leadership development and global awareness.
Part of Omene statement reads â€œThe school will also provide the highest quality of licensed seafarers and other personnel for the international merchant marine and nautical maritime industries
â€œ.It will be a resource center for the transportation related industriesâ€.Explaining further, omen said that the total number ofÂ courses, provision of necessary infrastructures and standards will determine the cost of the schoolâ€™s project which has been pegged at N10billion.
â€œIt is therefore necessary to give priority to all activities for effectiveness in the deployment of available resourcesâ€ he added. Apart from the funding from Delta State Government, the academy will also source funding from both the Federal and State agencies, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Delta State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (DESCOPADEC), the Federal Ministry of Niger Delta, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), and the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
The State is the first to have its own maritime academy, and investigation the geographical location of the state with very natural harbours informed governmentâ€™s decision to establish the school with a view to engaging youths who may want to make a career in the seafaring profession.