Why Maritime Academy needs more female cadets

The need for the Maritime Academy of Nigeria  (MAN) Oron, to enrol more female cadets into the Academy  has been stressed as one of the measures to address the gender inequality in the Institution.


The Chairman, Governing Board of the Academy, Mr Ademola Seriki made the appeal in an interview with some maritime newsmen in the state.


Mr Seriki said that ratio of the female cadets to their male counterparts was not up to 1% and and that he concluded was too poor.


He further attested to the fact that, in one of the classrooms, he saw only two females in a class of fifty males, noting that it was uncalled for and as a gender friendly and sensitive person, he would want more to be given opportunities.


In her submission,  a member of the Board, Mrs Godiya Yohanna of the Ministry of Communication, noted that she was not impressed with the number of the females cadets in the Institution in an era when females were excelling in all facets of human endeavour.


Mrs Yohanna therefore called for an increase in the percentage of women enrollment in the Academy, next year.


Meanwhile, the Rector of the Institution, Navy Commodore Emma Effedua retired, said though the number of the females were not proportional to that of the males, there are more females in others courses and promised to admit more females who would meet the cut- off marks.

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