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By Donald Ugwu
The Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta state has been accredited to begin undergraduate degree programmes from the 2017/2018 academic session.
The accreditation was granted by the National Universities Commission (NUC).
The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Mr Laolu Akande, said the approval underscored government’s commitment to develop Niger Delta in line with the administration’s new vision to develop the region.
According to him, the NUC approved that academic activities begin in three faculties, Transport, Engineering and Environmental Management.
Akande said that Faculty of Transport has four departments of Nautical Science, Transport Logistics Management, Marine Economics and Finance, and Port Management.
He said Faculty of Engineering has five departments – Marine Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Petroleum and Gas Engineering.
Also Faculty of Environmental Management has four departments: Environmental Management and Pollution, Meteorology and Climate Change, Fisheries and Aquaculture, and Marine Geology.
He reiterated that the Maritime University would be extended all privileges accorded to other Federal Universities.
Akande said that the University began operations in 2017 and, in Nov. 2017, invited job applications for academic staff with advert placement in national dailies.
Some students of Maritime varsity
He noted that President Muhammadu Buhari also approved an increase in the take-off grant to the University from the N2 billion earlier announced to N5 billion.
He said the grant was included in the 2018 budget presented to the National Assembly in Nov. 2017.
He added that another N1billion was approved by the President to support essential infrastructure works and staff recruitment in the University.
“Under the New Vision for the Niger Delta, which followed the President’s meeting with leaders of Pan Niger Delta Elders Forum (PANDEF) in Nov. 2016, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, was delegated to undertake a tour of the oil producing communities.
“”The take-off of the Maritime University was one of the major requests tabled before the Federal Government,’’ Akande said.(NAN)