Rector of Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN), Oron, Akwa Ibom State, Commodore Duja Effedua (Rtd.) has said that the largest problem he faced in repositioning the school was dealing with the institution’s past sins of corruption, which had wreaked havoc.
He explained that blocking fiscal leakages and operational gaps enabled his team to accomplish the task and refurbish the school. He added that he never received more funds or borrowed money from anyone.
His words, “When we came, the academy was in a near-collapse stage. We are here to add value, not to steal money. I didn’t get extra funding to do what you have seen here, it is just that I blocked leakages, and when you block leakages corruption will fight back. The corrupt people, the staff from within and those from the outside, are cabals who had benefited from the academy and milked the academy dry.
“I am here to reposition the academy and the International Maritime Organisation was at the verge of shutting down this institution and if they had done it, imagine the rate of unemployment.
“The problem in the institution is that 80% of the funds sent by the Federal Government was always looted, that is why there was no progress in 39 years. The magic you saw is a three-year plus job. Now we are the best in Africa in terms of equipment and we are struggling to be the best in the world. we have trained our men to handle our equipment.”