Osinbajo counters Amaechi, says Nigeria committed to establishing maritime university

Daily Nigerian
Coordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig-Gen Paul Boroh (rtd); Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okota and Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu when the Vice President arrived Asaba, Delta State yesterday to meet with Niger Delta stakeholders

The vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, has expressed the committed of the federal government to the establishment of maritime university, against minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi’s claims that Nigeria would not continue with the project.

Mr. Amaechi had told a Senate committee in January last year that the federal government would no longer continue with the building of the Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta State, initiated by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, because the country already has a maritime academy and a transport technology institution.

But the vice president, while speaking in Gbaramatu kingdom during a visit to Delta State on Monday, said, “When I leave here we will visit the site of the Maritime University.”

Mr. Osinbajo’s visit was part of his peace tour across oil producing communities in the Niger Delta region.

“The president has directed the ministry of petroleum to work quickly to see to the realisation of all of the objectives of implementing this crucial educational institution.

“Establishing this university has passed the second reading in the National Assembly and I know we have the commitment of the members of the national assembly to fast track this bill so that the maritime school will be completed as soon as possible.

“We must be smart and act intelligently and fast,” he added.