According to Effedua, NIMASA has also promised to provide engine room simulators and Generic Mesh Data Structure, among others.
He noted that the academy had also embraced a multinational classroom but that a simulator encompassed all the equipment used for seafarers’ training.
Effedua stated that the academy’s simulator centre was about 90 per cent completed, noting that in the coming year, the academy would focus more on training.
“NIMASA has agreed to help the academy procure full mission bridge simulators which we do not have here. NIMASA has promised that before the middle of 2019, we will have it; the same thing goes for the engine room simulators, the GMDS edges.
“There is a new trend in the maritime sector – the multinational classroom which is a kind of simulator that encompasses all the equipment that is used to train seafarers.
“Our simulator centre is about 90 per cent completed. All these will be on the ground in 2019. In the New Year, our focus in the academy will be on training – 80 per cent training. We are going to ensure that we inform all stakeholders of what we are doing and in the coming year, we are going to seek closer collaboration with maritime stakeholders.
“For those we have already opened talks with under the inter-ministerial committee, we are going to pursue these talks and conclude them as fast as possible.”
He, however, called for assistance from the maritime stakeholders over getting additional teaching staff.
Effedua urged the stakeholders to support the academy with equipment, books and other materials to enhance learning and teaching activities in the academy.
He said, “We request you to host workshops in our new auditoriums and these workshops should be tailored towards the challenges facing the maritime industry all over the world and proffer solutions after identifying the challenges.
“The workshops will help project our cadets because they will be in attendance and listen to technocrats like you talk. We promise to produce the kind of cadets that you will be ready to work with. We beg you to help us achieve this dream.”
The Minister of Transport, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, who was represented by the Director of Maritime Services in the ministry, Alhaji Gala Danji, commended Effedua, saying that a similar event was hosted six years after the last one.
He said the rector and the management team of the academy had been able to fulfil the mandate of the inter-ministerial committee which was set up to arrest the rot in the academy.
He maintained that the Federal Government would continue to support the academy to realise its purpose by providing funding for the institution.
He urged relevant stakeholders in the maritime industry to assist in tackling the challenges confronting the academy by providing access to vessels.
A total of 613 graduated from the academy for the 2017/2018 academic sessions; 36 persons had distinctions; 199 bagged upper credits; 269 graduated with lower credits, and 109 had pass.