By Patrick Ochei
The city of Oghara in Delta State was agog on the 5th August, 2022, as the All Nations Institute of Marine and Technology (ANIMT) Oghara, held her 1st Matriculation ceremony in grand style.
It was the first of its kind in the great city of the former Governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori just as ovations dominated the unveiling ceremony of the private institute to the world.
At the Matriculation event, the President/Chairman, Governing Council of the All Nations Institute of Marine & Technology, Chief Hon. Engr. Emmanuel Ighomena gave a hint of how the Institute was established, adding that it was built and equipped from 2017-2020 while approval for the take off was gotten from the Federal Ministry of Education in September 2021, after an accreditation by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) same year.
According to him, the Institute got the mandate to commence the 2021/2022 academic session without delay in maritime transportation, business studies, nautical science and computer science.
Ighomena also went further to talk about the first set of students whom he said their matriculation would never be forgotten in a hurry, adding that it would remain a history and a reference point to other students coming after them.
The Institute’s Chairman affirmed that the birth of the first set of students of the school brought so much excitement to him, maintaining that the memory would remain indelible for years to come.
A total of 22 students were matriculated to advance the vision of the school which is to be a center of excellence for the training of masters in maritime administration, seamen and technologists for the maritime industry in Nigeria and across the globe.
From our personal assessment during a tour of the Institute’s facilities, the school appeared well equipped with good lecture halls to boost teaching and non-teaching activities. An evidence of a well set up maritime studio with state of the art equipment needed for the training of cadets whose dreams are to work in shipping industries with capacity to fit into seaports, excise and customs, insurance companies and banks and other places for effective management of the nation’s Marine businesses.
The Chairman equally made it clear to the public that the department of Nautical Science has all the needed workshops and laboratories, which are fully equipped with facilities and qualified staff for effective training of Nautical Scientists.
In an interview with experts at the academic event, they urged Nigerians to take advantage of the Institute’s far-reaching academic modernity with state of the arts facilities to train young people in maritime techonology, thereby assuring of a better future with such manpower and innovations in place.