Niger Delta: Buhari orders take-off of maritime varsity in Oct.

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Nahimat Adekoga

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered that the contentious Maritime University in Okerenkoko, Delta state, should take-off in October.

The establishment of the university is one of the demands of Niger Delta militants to embrace peace.

Governor Ifanyi Okowa of Delta told State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa on Friday in Abuja that the university was on course.

According to him, a committee headed by the Minister of Education in which Delta State Deputy Governor is a member has been inaugurated to ensure the smooth take-off of the university.

“We are also aware that a committee has been set up led by the Minister of Education; my deputy is part of the committee to work out the processes to enable the maritime university take off in October.

“It is a step in the right direction. So, I came to appreciate government and to discuss some other issues with,’’ he added.

Okowa commended Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who he said ensured peace in Delta in particular.

“If you notice, in the past few months, there has been peace in Delta state. So, I wanted to appreciate his visit to Delta state because that definitely helped us in the peace process.

“And just yesterday, the bill for the Maritime University, Okerenkoko, passed third reading at the Senate. That is definitely a very strong plus for us.’’

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