The Regional Maritime University (RMU) has organised a fundraising and dinner event to commemorate 65 Years of Maritime Education and Training Excellence in West and Central Africa.
The event, which took place in Accra, was part steps by the University to give scholarships to students, as well as develop its existing infrastructure.
In an address at the event, the Executive Chairman of JP Hanson Holdings, Capt. Georgina Jopap, stated that the maritime industry is evolving rapidly and as such the university must continually update its infrastructure, invest in cutting-edge technologies and expand its research capabilities to remain at the forefront of the maritime industry.
“The funds raised tonight will contribute directly to these efforts, ensuring that the Regional Maritime University continues to provide state-of-the-art facilities and resources that foster innovation and excellence,” she added.
According to Capt. Jopap, the scholarships planned by the university would not only enable deserving students to pursue their dreams but also create a diverse and inclusive environment that harnesses the talents and perspectives of individuals from various backgrounds.
“These scholarships will be the catalyst for transforming lives and nurturing the next generation of maritime leaders, who will carry the torch of excellence and drive progress in our industry,” she emphasised.
On his part, the Anniversary Planning Committee Chairman, Dr George VanDyck, disclosed that the university anticipate to raise GHC5 million through the year-long fundraising.
He said the funds would be used to build facilities, complete ongoing projects and upgrade classroom facilities to provide the right environment for teaching and learning.
On the fundraising, the Minister of Transport, Works and Infrastructure of The Gambia, Mr Ebrima Sillah, pledged $5,000; $3,000 on behalf of his Country and $2,000 personally.
The Secretary-General of the Maritime Organisation of West and Central Africa (MOWCA) Dr Paul Adalikwu, pledged $2,000 personally and $3,000 on behalf of MOWCA.
Other Transportation Ministers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Cameroon pledged $5000, $5000 and $4000 respectively.
Richard Aniagyei, ISD