A group, Oron Patriotic Movement, made the call at a news conference in Eket, Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom on Saturday.
The leader of the group, Mr Clinson Emene, said proper funding of the academy would enable the completion of ongoing projects in the premier maritime training institute.
“We want the federal government to encourage the academy by releasing more funds to complete ongoing projects in the institution. We are not happy with the slow pace of projects in the institution’’, he said. [eap_ad_1] He alleged that funds that came in through the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) had been split to other similar institutions in Warri and Port Harcourt.
“If you go to Oron, you will see the level of abandoned projects which is not encouraging due to recent splitting of its funds
“I therefore call on NIMASA to see the need of releasing more funds to Maritime Academy, Oron so that they can complete those projects.
“We appreciate the efforts of the Rector of the school, Mr Joshua Okpo, who is working assiduously to give it a facelift, and for his prudent management of scarce resources’’, he added.
He listed the rector’s achievements to include introduction of Certificate of Competence 1, 2 and 3, procurement of training vessel and foreign training for cadet officers, among others. (NAN)