Miss Ogwo Onyinye Jane, a graduate of Maritime Management Technology from Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) has emerged the overall Best Graduated Maritime Student in 2017/2018 Academic Session at the just concluded 4th Annual Maritime Students and Youth Conference organised by Platforms Communications in Lagos.
Ogwo graduated with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 4.90 to beat other students from other maritime academies and institutions across the country.
She also emerged the overall best student in the whole of FUTO for 2017/2018 Academic Session, her Head of Department, Dr Donatus informed Platforms Communications.
At the 4th Annual Maritime Students Conference, Ogwo bagged three out of ten awards given at the occasion. She first won Best Graduated Maritime Management Technology Student Award, and Best Graduated Female Maritime Student Award before crowning it all with the Overall Best Graduated Maritime Students Award.
Presenting the Award of Academic Excellence to Miss Jane, the Chairman of the occasion, Dr Mkgeorge Onyung, President of Ship Owners Association of Nigeria (SOAN) described Jane as a lady with extraordinary academic prowess.
At the occasion, Jane won a cash prize of one hundred thousand Naira (#100,000) from Elkins Marine Training International (EMTI), a frontline maritime training institute in Nigeria and beyond.
Winners in other categories of the award are: Oyelowo Ezekiel Oladiji, Best Graduated Maritime Transport and Business Studies Student 2018, Oluwasegun Isaac Lawal, Best Graduated Shipping Management Student 2018, and Alabi Oreoluwa, Best Graduated Marine Engineering Student 2018.
Others include: Susan Ibukun Akinade, Best Graduated Shipping and Admiralty Law Student 2018, Olufowobi Atinuke Julianah, Best Graduated Fisheries Management Technology Student 2018, Mbazu Chibuzor Emmanuel, Best Graduated Transport Management Technology Student 2018, and Adeyemi Samuel, Best Graduated Nautical Science Student 2018.
While the 10 Awardees were offered free professional training worth N150,000 by EMTI, Ogwo Jane also got (N100,000) cash prize by EMTI in addition to her free training, whereas Susan Ibukun was also offered automatic employment by Ofianyi Chambers, a leading maritime law firm in Nigeria.
Speaking on the purpose of the Awards, Mr Obasi Sylvanus, Convener of ‘A Day With Nigeria Maritime Students’ said he Instituted the Best Graduated Maritime Students Awards to stimulate healthy academic competition amongst Nigerian maritime students.
He however called on government agencies, private companies and industry players to key into the concept by way of cash donations, scholarships for further studies or automatic employment to winners of the award.
This, he said would refocus maritime students and entrench academic excellence amongst Nigerian maritime students.