The proposed Institute of Maritime Studies at the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University Lapai will commence academic activities in September. Chairman, Curriculum Development Committee of Prof. Dalhatu Umaru Sangari has said.
Speaking in an interview recently, Sangari said, "All necessary arrangements that will ensure successful take-off of academic activities of the Institute by September 2013 have been concluded."
The chairman further said the relevant faculty members, supporting staff, required learning and infrastructural facilities that would help in the immediate commencement of academic session of the Maritime Institute would be sourced internally from the university.
While expressing hope on the institute's viability, Sangari highlighted its enormous potential benefits to Niger state as indigenes will have some privileges in terms of employment and admission, while adding that the state's Baro Trade Outpost is expected to be revitalised as all inland waterways would soon resume full commercial activities.
Prof. Sangari who explained the curricula structure of the Institute said, "The curricula of the programmes have been developed to explore new areas of study in Postgraduate Diploma and undergraduate programmes in Maritime Studies." He pointed out that the Postgraduate Diploma programme is designed to have a full-time programme of sixteen months and a part-time of twenty four months on commencement.
The undergraduate programmes as approved by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), would operate simultaneously with the Postgraduate Diploma and will cover Maritime Economics and Finance, Radio and Maritime Telecommunications and Technology.
He however disclosed that the source of funding for the Institute would be at a zero percentage to the Niger state government pending when the Institute is fully stabilised.