The Rector of Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN), Oron, Commodore Duja Emmamuel Effedua has been described as an ambassador of the anti-corruption war of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The commendation was made by the Joint Action Coalition of Civil Society Organizations in Nigeria (JACCSON), during a recent courtesy call on the rector in Oron.
They said his role in reducing corruption, instilling transparency, blocking financial leakages and transforming the infrastructure of the institution within a short time, has saved the school from collapse.
Speaking at the event, the National Coordinator of JACCSON, Mr Gideon Ogbande said it was an annual tradition of the coalition to honour institutions and people who have distinguished themselves in service to humanity, good governance and nation-building.
Gideon Ogbande said the rector had within a short time, transformed the learning and social infrastructure of the Academy and has gone a long way to instil fiscal and administrative discipline in the school.
He noted that Duja Effedua had also restored the confidence of the international maritime community, not only through his perfect management strategy, but also in the credibility of cadets from the institution.
The Coordinator presented the group’s award of excellence in honour of the rector’s all-round leadership acumen, particularly in putting the Academy on the front burner.
“This is a well-deserved award on the performances of this noble educational institution under the amiable leadership of Effedua who has also taken the welfare of staff into great consideration. The idea has increased productivity and friendliness.
“Your stand in the fight against corruption which is a priority of President Muhammadu Buhari, has helped in blocking leakages and saving a lot which has encouraged unprecedented development.
“We want to thank you for saving the Maritime Academy of Nigeria from total collapse and it’s surprising to know all these have been achieved in less than four years.
“The core essence of JACCSON in initiating this prestigious award is to recognise, celebrate and encourage hard work. We believe this will not only spur you to do more but will wake up a healthy competition among contemporaries, which will be healthy for our nation-building and development,” he said.
Reacting to JACCON’s gesture, after receiving the award, Duja Effedua stated that his administration has achieved monumental strides within four years and has repositioned the Academy, especially in the global maritime circle.
The rector, who maintained that both the management and staff were responsible for the major upgrades and new lease of life in the institution, commended the coalition for the award adding that it was deserving at the time his administration was coming to the end of its tenure in which so much grounds have been covered.