Maritime University Okerenkoko Is Not Proposed University The Institution Has Matriculated Students In Two Consecutive Academic Sessions Since 2017, IYC Tells House Of Reps Committee
REFERENCE TO NMU AS PROPOSED UNIVERSITY HOUSE OF REPS GOOFED AGAIN
The attention of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Worldwide has been drawn to a statement accredited to the House Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration where it made reference to the Maritime University, Okerenkoko as “Proposed University”. We do not want to believe that the media reports of the said House of Reps Committee represented the true position of the Committee, we wish to promptly respond to correct the misconceptions being bandied by either Committee or the media reporters.
The Maritime University, Okerenkoko is a going concern as the School has being in existence since 2017. The Institution has matriculated students in two consecutive academic sessions, while students are already going to 300 level in the next academic session which will commence in December this year.
The University has hosted the Vice President of this Country, His Excellency, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo twice. It has also hosted officials of the prestigious Caribbean Maritime University, Jamaica. It must be noted also that students of the Institution are currently undergoing Internship and Industrial Training programmes across the Country. Why such an institution be referred as a proposed university? What the House Committee needs to know is that the School has been duly accredited by NUC and all other regulatory institutions including UTME with several of the government’s agencies have visited it to inspect and confirm the facilities on ground.
On the report by the Committee that no structure is ground to account for the money NIMASA has spent on the School. While we do want to impeach on how money appropriated to the University is spent as that will be the responsibility of relevant government’s agencies, our concern is the impression wrongly created that no structure is ground.
For what is so glaring to the world, the School has state of the art facilities at its temporary site, Kurutie in the Gbaramatu Kingdom. The House Committee should come clearer if they are referring to the permanent site at Okerenkoko?
Just as academic activities are busy going on at the temporary site, various intervention agencies have also executed different kinds of projects for the School such as: concrete pavement walkway, landing jetty, staffs and students utility boats, etc.
Though we are not trying to usurp the functions of the House, we appeal that funds appropriated to the Maritime University, Okerenkoko should not be unduly withheld. The School is in dare need of funding as its sources of finance are not sufficient for its optimum performance.
The House Committee should use this medium to prevail on the executive arm to immediately commence the construction of buildings at the permanent site, Okerenkoko. Already the School has admitted thousands of students from over 25 States of the Federation. There is an urgent need for academic activities to take place at the permanent site in order for the institution to admit more deserving Nigerians who want to acquire knowledge in maritime activities.
Pereotubo Oweilaemi, Esq.,
President, IYC Worldwide.
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