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Government to invest $146m to modernise Regional Maritime University

BY: Bernard Neequaye
Kwaku Ofori Asiamah delivering a speech at the Regional Maritime University congregation
Kwaku Ofori Asiamah delivering a speech at the Regional Maritime University congregation

The Minister of Transport, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, has reiterated the government’s commitment to seek financial support of $146 million from Exim Bank of Korea to modernise the Regional Maritime University (RMU).

He noted that the project when commenced, would provide a new special-purpose training ship for the RMU with the concept of training and trading.

16th congregation

Addressing graduates at the 16th congregation of the RMU, Mr Asiamah, who doubles as the Chairman of the Maritime Organisation for West Africa (MOWCA), explained that the acquisition of a training vessel would help modernise the institution by serving as a classroom and laboratory.

He added that one of the cardinal objectives of MOWCA was to strengthen the Regional Academy of Maritime Science and Technology in Abidjan and the RMU in Accra to provide training at all levels of the maritime, fishing and the petroleum industry, including exchange of teaching personnel and provision of facilities for sea training for cadets.

“The Government of the Republic of Ghana is seeking the support of the Exim Bank of Korea to modernise the Regional Maritime University at an estimated project cost of about $146,000,000.

“Among the scope of works of this project is the provision of a new special-purpose training ship for the institution designed with the concept of training and trading,” Mr Asiamah said.

Graduation

In all, over 400 students graduated with bachelor’s degrees and diplomas in various fields having gone through the required academic rigour.

Mr Asiamah urged the graduates to use the values they had learnt at the university to pursue their careers and never allow greed and material possession sway them to become corrupt.

Producing competent students

The acting Vice-Chancellor of RMU, Dr Jethro W. Brooks Junior, said over the past years, the university had prioritised the production of disciplined and competent students who were now occupying top positions in the corporate world.

He said the university would not veer away from its values but rather introduce more programmes that would better prepare the students for the job market and their well-being.

“We are bent on sticking to our core values as an institution to be able to train disciplined and competent students for the job market,” Dr Brooks Junior said.