Who we are
LUX FIAT (Let there be light)
The Sea School Isaka Alumni Foundation is a non-profit organization created in January 2019 by the Alumni of the defunct Government Sea School at Isaka, Port Harcourt, Nigeria. The Foundation is incorporated in both the United States and Nigeria, as the Alumni of Sea School Isaka are today, Residents and Citizens of the United States of America, Nigeria, United Kingdom, Amsterdam, Malaysia, Australia, and beyond.
The Foundation was created in response to the desire of the school’s Alumni to revive and reconstitute the School that was closed by the Government of Nigeria in 1992 after approximately 30 years of its existence, as the only institution of its kind in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria, that offered a combined high quality Seamanship and traditional high school Liberal Arts/Science curriculum. Apparently, the Government of Nigeria could not understand the need and purpose for such an institution in the Niger Delta Region, but rather saw the need for a Sports Institute in place of Sea School Isaka in 1992.
The Niger Delta is geographically located on the Atlantic Coast in Western Africa. So, the environment is completely Maritime in nature, with several of the islands and major landmasses crisscrossed by large and small rivers that terminate in the Atlantic Ocean. In fact, some of the Islands in this region are seated in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. And it is this natural geographical setting that has historically dictated the type of economy that prevails in the region.
And for long, the citizens of that region, now Rivers and Bayelsa States, in Nigeria have failed to adequately harness the full economic potential that this natural geographical setting provides them, such as producing adequate number of well-trained personnel with strong backgrounds in Seamanship and Modern Maritime Science/Technology and Engineering, to meet the local and global Maritime Industry needs in Boat and Ship Building, Maritime/Subsea Construction, Commercial Shipping and Port Operations, etc.
Furthermore, because the region has failed to develop this Maritime Economy (Blue Economy), it also continues to lag severely behind in industrial scale production of seafood using modern maritime technology, equipment and tools to meet the global seafood supply needs. And because the region continues to lag behind in developing a viable Blue Economy, outside investments in the various maritime industries are non-existent.
The Sea School Isaka Alumni Foundation believes that if the dream of reviving and reconstituting the defunct Sea School Isaka, Port Harcourt is realized, the institution would go a long way to bridging the gap in the need for well-trained qualified personnel that will stir a sustainable Maritime Economy for the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria. A paradigm shift from the current Crude Oil Economy that has devastated the region, environmentally, in human health, politically and economically.