Senate upgrades Maritime Academy to varsity
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.