The Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron has ended a two-day performance management retreat to chart a new course for policy implementation as directed by President Bola Tinubu to harness the potentials of the nation’s blue economy.
It was gathered that the Retreat was led by the Rector of Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Comdre Duja Emmanuel Effedua with other Directors and Heads of Departments of the institution to achieve the presidential target on blue governance as one of the policy thrust of the present administration.
Declaring the two-day retreat opened at the Academy, Effedua explained that the Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy was established to enable the country to harness its full potential in the blue economy
He reiterated the need for the Academy as an arm of the Ministry to play an active role towards the realisation of the blue economy plan.
Effedua who was represented by the Registrar of the Academy, Mr. Peter Netson disclosed that the retreat aligns with the presidential directive to Honourable Ministers of the Federation to set definite roadmaps towards the actualisation of national goals.
“This is a vision and mandate we must key into with all sense of duty, it is not ambiguous or difficult to understand; shape in or ship out, perform or go.
“It is a rebranding and rebuilding dispensation with a greater vigour, and we cannot afford to be found wanting”, he said.
He therefore emphasized the need for staff of the Academy to maximise gains of the retreat as it would set a template for the institution’s 2024 performance scorecard and further expressed optimism that insights gained from the workshop would help the institution achieve its deliverables within the stipulated time.
Setting the tone for the workshop from the office of the Head of Service of the Federation’s perspective, Mrs Bosede Olaniyi who spoke via Zoom said that the office of the Head of Service is poised to institutionalise the modern performance system in the public service as mandated by the Federal government.
She said that the essence of reforms in public service was to ensure a fit-for-purpose service and added that the modern performance system reform would ensure that the federal government’s target for a better economy is achievable.
While commending the efforts of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria’s Rector at repositioning the institution for excellence, especially in the area of human and infrastructural capacity building, she stated that the modern performance system is characterised by objectivity, accountability and fairness.
“The Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan has six pillars, one of which is Capacity Building which the Rector of Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Commodore DE Effedua (Rttd) is very good at. We have seen a lot of his achievements in terms of capacity building of Academy’s staff and even in the maritime sector”, she said.