By Godfrey Bivbere
ORONâ€”Minister of State for the Niger Delta, Elder Godsday Orubebe, has said that the facilities on ground at the Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN), Oron if properly exploited could help ease the restiveness in the region in terms of manpower development.
In an exclusive chat with Vanguard in Oron recently, the Minister disclosed that his Ministry would work at using it to achieve governmentâ€™s vision for the region.
He noted that apart from the desire of the Federal Government to improve the lot of the people in the region, the state governments and the private sector must join hands with the academy in the area of man power development.
According to the Minister, â€œso itâ€™s a great place and I think that it has to be utilized very well by the Federal Government, state governments and private sector.â€
He however stressed that there is need for better funding of the academy to enable it improve its facilities.
to international standard, stressing that improved facilities at Oron could also generate foreign exchange for the national from seafarers from other countries.
His words: â€œIf they have the funds , I can anticipate that they have the right caliber of people that can manage the place”.
So, if they have reasonable funds they will be able to turn this place to a first class place in the world”.
We need additional workshops of international standard with the equipment that they have not gotten, they should get them and then they need class rooms, hostels to accommodate students.â€
â€œWe expect that this place when it has fully become world class, people from all over the world will be coming.
The dormitory we have to improve on it and the entire area. I also expect that in due cause they should have facilities for under water welding because what I have seen in this place, there are a lot of opportunities for the oil industry and under water welding is a very important sector in the oil industry.â€