Buhari gives in to Niger Delta demands, orders re-opening of Maritime University

– The federal government will reopen Nigerian Maritime University before the end of the year

– The directive given by President Buhari was part of the Niger Delta New Vision of the present administration

– A five-man inter-agency committee headed by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu will be coordinating its implementation

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that the Nigerian Maritime University should resume before the end of the year.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by Laolu Akande, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity office of the vice president on Friday, May 5.

According to the presidency, the decision is in line with the demands made by major stakeholders in the region and also part of the Niger Delta New Vision of Buhari’s administration.

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The presidency disclosed that the prompt implementation of the directive to the Ministry of Education would be coordinated by a five-man inter-agency committee headed by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu.

Other members of the Committee will be drawn from:

  • Ministry of Petroleum Resources
  • National Universities Commission (NUC)
  • Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and
  • Office of the Deputy Governor of Delta state

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The statement read: “The committee is to finalise the ongoing processes towards the opening of the Nigeria Maritime University in the 2017/2018 Academic Session.

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“The committee will work collaboratively with the current principal officers and the Governing Council of the institution.

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“Besides this, and in further demonstrating its unalloyed commitment to a new vision for the Niger Delta, the Buhari Presidency has been working assiduously to evolve a number of robust strategies for key multi-sectoral outcomes and deliverables for the people of the oil-producing communities.”

Akande added that there are plans by the presidency to conclude the fact-finding tours to the Niger Delta with visits by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, to Cross River and Ondo states.

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He recalled that Osinbajo had visited oil producing states in the Niger Delta early in the year under the directive of Buhari. During the visits, he held series of town hall meetings and consultations with a broad spectrum of stakeholders.

The re-opening of the university was one of the 16-point-agenda presented by leaders from Niger to Buhari as one of the requirements for peace in the region.

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Following thehanding over of government from former President Goodluck Jonathan to Buhari, the university has been a contentious issue over the past two years.

Earlier, NAIJ.com reported that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state said that the contentious Nigeria Maritime University situated in Okerenkoko will begin academic session in September 2017.

He disclosed that the federal government through the federal ministry of education has constituted a committee which includes the state deputy governor, Barrister Kingsley Otuaro, to hasten plans which will lead to eventual commencement of academic activities in the 2017/2018 academic year.

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