Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has handed a certificate of occupancy (C of O) to the promoters of Charkin Maritime Academy (CMA), Port Harcourt, to aid training of Nigerians in industry.
As a way of encouraging investment in the state, Wike had during the formal unveiling of the first ever land ship in Nigeria, MV Rivers Pride, on February 9, approved a C of O for the land in which the land ship is situated at Ozuoba, along the East-West Road, Port Harcourt.
The land ship was built by an indigenous and privately-owned maritime training institution.
Wike lauded the academy for the achievements it has recorded since it was established.
The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Charkin Maritime and Offshore Safety Centre, Charles Wami, in a chat with journalists in Lagos, said the C of O has been handed over to CMA.
Wami lauded the governor for fulfilling his promise to CMA, pointing out that with this development, many investors will take the Rivers State Government serious on its drive to encourage investors to invest in the state.
According to him, the fulfilment of the governor's promise to CMA will spur him and the management of the school to do more in the years ahead. To say the least, we are very pleased with this development. You are aware that it was during the unveiling of the first ever land ship in Nigeria that the governor made the promise. Today, we are happy that the governor has kept to his promise by giving us the certificate of occupancy. We are very grateful.
He explained that the support of the state government would enable the training school attain set goals and objectives.
He pointed out that the school needs the encouragement of all stakeholders to continue to provide maritime education and training of international repute.
"The school has a trend of rendering and improving on high quality training to guarantee competence in a conducive and friendly environment. It is a one-stop-shop for the marine, oil and gas training," he said.