Accra, June 17, GNA – Mr Titus Glover, the Deputy Minister of Transport, has said Ghana will continue to fund the infrastructural development of the Regional Maritime University (RMU) to provide quality education to the students.
He said it was to ensure that the requisite facilities were in place for professional and academic development.
Mr Glover was speaking at the 22nd Meeting of the RMU, Board of Governors in Accra.
The Meeting is to review progress made and take decision that will further enhance the University’s status as an institution providing quality maritime education and training to the young people.
He said government was commitment to the ideal and aspirations of the University and therefore, seeks the success of the RMU.
He said government had secured a 4.5 million dollars scholarship package from the Aker Energy to support students in the area of welding and fabrication, Electricals among others.
Under the Oil and Gas Capacity Building Project, the RMU was chosen as one of the tertiary institution to run training of youth for the Oil and Gas Industry.
The programme is scheduled to run for five years to provide skills for Ghanaians in the Oil and Gas sector and about one thousand Ghanaian across the country are expected to be trained in Vocational and Technical aspects of the industry.
Dr James F. Kollie, the Board Chairman of the RMU, said the University plans to confer honorary doctorate degrees on former Jerry John Rawlings and John Agyekum Kufuor.
He said the honorary award would also be held for the immediate past Rector of the RMU, Captain Aaron Turkson at its 13th Congregation scheduled for Saturday June 15.
He commended other Board members and respective governments for the continued support and commitment to the RMU over the years.
“The coming together of our sister countries on support of regional integration, to establish this University is indeed an epic moment of great significant, judging from the successes registered in the realm of training seafarers,” he added.
He urged the Board and Management of the University to guard against the accomplishments for the benefit of the individual countries, the sub-region and indeed Africa and the world.
Dr Kollie said owing to the ‘shrinking finances’ at the RMU due to several reasons, member-States contributions as agreed was now needed more than ever before to enable the University run without hindrances.
He urged Ministers from participating countries to please do everything within their powers to ensure that these budgetary contributions were not only paid but paid on time to enable RMU function appropriately.
“I appeal to Member-States with arrears to please come up with payment plans as the University is in dire need of resources,” he added.
The Board Chairman also admonished the Management of the University to strive at increasing internally generated revenue to augment budgetary contributions as well as take necessary steps to review expenditure levels, without compromising on the RMU’s academic standards.
He reassured Member-States that the University shall continue to pursue strategic academic programmes aimed at its transformation, while maintaining its reputation as a University of excellence, engaged in making demonstrable contribution to the development of member countries within the Maritime industry.
The Board took the opportunity to commission an office complex for staff of the University to enable them focus on their core responsibility of teaching and research.