Daily Trust

Senate upgrades Maritime Academy to varsity

- By Abdullatee­f Salau

The Senate, yesterday passed a bill to upgrade the Maritime Academy, Oron in Akwa-Ibom State into a full-fledged University of Maritime Studies.

Also passed was a bill to establish the Institute of Informatio­n and Communicat­ion Technology, Ogoja, Cross River state.

Both bills were passed after the presentati­on and considerat­ion of two separate reports by the Committee on Tertiary Institutio­ns and TETFUND.

Senator Sandy Onor (PDP, Cross River), in a presentati­on on behalf of the committee’s chairman, Ahmad Babba Kaita (APC, Katsina North), said upgrading the academy into a university would help Nigeria in achieving the prerequisi­tes of the Internatio­nal Maritime Organizati­on convention on standard of training, certificat­ion and watch-keeping for seafarers.

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