Following the passage of the 2016 Budget by the National Assembly, the Federal Government has been charged to commence in earnest the construction of the Nigeria Maritime University, Okerenkoko in Delta State. A Niger Delta based Non-Governmental Organization, Center for Peace and Environmental Justice (CEPEJ), which gave the charge, said the recommendation to continue the specialized institution was made in bad faith.
This is contained in a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Comrade Sheriff Mulade and made available to newsmen in Warri, the commercial hub of Delta State. “We believe that scrapping the maritime university is not a good idea. These are people who have been suffering from untold hardship due to oil exploration and exploitative activities.
“This is an area hosting a lot of oil and gas facilities including the Escravos Gas to Liquid Project, and yet the Minister had the temerity to say that no parent will allow his or her child to attend the university,” the statement said.