Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has said that the expected take-off of the Maritime University, Okerenkoko, would consolidate the existing peace and security in the Niger Delta region.
Okowa spoke while receiving the House of Representatives Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration who paid him a courtesy visit in Asaba. The committee led by its chairman, Hon. Mohammed Bago, was in Delta State to assess the readiness of the institution to commence formal academic activities later this year.
Okowa said that concerted efforts by all stakeholders were needed to consolidate peace and security in the state.
“With everybody working together - the state, the Federal Government and the National Assembly - peace is achievable, it is important that we get the university started because it is one of the promises made to maintain the peace. We are encouraged that the National Assembly has taken the bull by the horn and we hope that the law will be passed by September and the university will get started by the end of the year,” the Delta State governor said.
“The university is sited in a difficult terrain, but we produce oil there, therefore, we need to ensure that the university comes to fruition because it will serve a lot of people in that area and affect the lives of the people positively”, he added.
Okowa commended the zeal of the National Assembly to help maintain the peace in the region, assuring that their visit would douse the tension already building up in the region and reassured the people of government’s commitment to the take-off of the Maritime University.
Earlier, Bago said that they were in the state to get a first-hand assessment of the level of work at the university, promising that the committee would conclude its work early to enable the university take-off this year.