MAN Unveils Lighthouse For Training of Cadets
“It is part of our resolve to put the Academy on the world map”-Rector
As part of ongoing efforts to reposition the Maritime Academy of Nigeria man and make it attractive and competitive among maritime academies in the world there are strong indications that efforts in this direction are being intensified as the Academy unveils a lighthouse for training purposes at the Academy.
Very reliable sources at the Academy told our reporter that the lighthouse is meant to teach and train cadets of the Academy as well as maritime and Oil and Gas professionals who have embraced the Academy for their training needs.
We gathered that the lighthouse is the latest addition to the array of training equipment which have been acquired and installed for training by the management of the Academy led by the Rector, Commodore Duja Effedua Emmanuel.
Before now the Academy had launched its modern simulators consisting of the Multi-Functional Classroom Simulator, Full Mission Bridge and Full mission Engine Room simulators at the Academy by the Minister of Transportation, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi opening, a new vista for professional Training and Manpower development not just for Nigeria but the entire African continent.
Besides the training swimming pools constructed by the Effedua led management, there is also the Helicopter Underwater Escape Training Equipment, HUET, Ocula Vission amongst others which were non-existent at the Academy prior to the appointment of Commodore Effedua as Rector of the Academy.
President of the Ship Owners Association of Nigeria, SOAN, Dr. Mcgeorge Onyung while commenting on developments at the Academy said “In terms of training equipment, I think the present management has done well, they should keep it up, stay focused and avoid distractions. The Academy has been down for decades, the present Rector and his team have shown commitment to duty and development of the Academy, they are on course and must maintain the momentum”
Maritime experts say a lighthouse is a high tower equipped with a bright light, beacons and lenses that help guide ships to port at night and alert sailors about sandbars, reefs, and rocky coastlines.
Every lighthouse features a large lamp on top of the building which lights up at night when everywhere around is dark.
Speaking on the development, the Rector said “It is part of our resolve to put the Academy on the world map and make it competitive and attractive. We are not looking at Nigeria alone but the entire West African Sub Region. The Nigerian Maritime Industry is set for a revolution in terms of professionalism and cutting edge expertise which will come from the trainings we provide.”
The addition of the Lighthouse to the array of training equipment available at the Academy positions the Academy to deliver more on its mandate.