NDA, NMU to sign MoU to boost institutional standards
…Institutions seek collaborative engagement, partnership
The Commandant of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) Kaduna, and the management of Nigerian Maritime University (NMU), Okerenkoko in Warri South- West Local Government Area of Delta State, are set to jointly sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to boost institutional standards in the educational sector.
At the meeting held at NMU Senate Room, Kurutie, Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Emmanuel Munakurogha Adigio, intimated the NDA delegate led by its Director of Coordination, Commodore Olugbenga Oladipo, who represented the Commandant, Major-General Ibrahim Manu Yusuf, of his passion to maintain a high standard manpower training in the nation’s maritime space.
The details of the MoU were further discussed during the reciprocal visit to Maritime University by NDA officials on Tuesday to fine-tune the agreement.
He stated that it was this desire that necessitated the earlier visit to the Defence Academy with his team to seek collaborative engagement with the military institution in areas where they could partner in providing quality training and re-training of medium class and high-level manpower in the maritime sector of the economy.
In his words; “It is with great pleasure that I welcome you all to this reciprocal visit of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) to our university. I do this on behalf of the management and students of this citadel of learning.
“Let me, on behalf of the University, wholeheartedly appreciate the Commandant of the Nigerian Defence Academy for the warm reception and hospitality shown to the university delegation during our visit on Wednesday, April 27 2022, which was to foster a symbiotic partnership aimed at availing Nigerians and, indeed, the larger society, more opportunities to improve capacities and training.
“You may recall that the key reasons for our visit to the NDA were to partner in specific academic areas of interest, at the graduate level as well as run short courses collaboratively. Gladly, these were harmonized during the technical session that followed during the said visit, a product of which a draft Memorandum of Understanding has been prepared for further discussion.”
Prof. Adigio explained that most universities in Nigeria do not work alone because of lack of equipment and stressed this is why collaborations are necessary.
In his response, Commodore Oladipo, on behalf of the NDA commandant, said they were ready to forge ahead.
Commodore OBF Oladipo was accompanied by the Dean of Postgraduate School of NDA, Prof. Umar Yahaya and the Dean of Academic Planning, NDA, Prof. Abubakar Garba Saidu.
It would be recalled that the Nigerian Maritime University Okerenkoko, Gbaramatu in Delta State was established in 2015 by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
The University was established in response to the chronic shortage of professional human capital and global competitive technical know how in the maritime industry and economy.
The mission of the Nigeria Maritime University is to provide excellent facilities and faculties for training, research, and production of maritime human resources and equipment where staff and students can achieve their professional goals and support Nigeria to exploit her maritime endowments to become a leading player in the world’s knowledge-driven economy.
By Loveth Ojogun