Dr. Dakuku Peterside
WorldStage Newsonline-- The Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr Dakuku Peteride has denied the allegation by the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) that the agency is against the establishment of the Maritime University at Okerenkoko, in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State.
In a statement issued by the Head, Corporate Communications of the agency, I sichei Osamgbi, the NIMASA boss told journalists in Lagos that his administration is in full support of the proposed university, saying, "This assertion is far from the truth and it has become necessary to clarify the issue as the Federal Government is committed to the actualization of the project which the Agency conceived. It is pertinent to note that NIMASA is supporting every aspect of the law in its determination to fulfill its obligations.
"In addition, the National Assembly recently held a public hearing on the matter and it is expected that the funding of the institution and other aspects of running it will be specified in the Act setting up the University.
The statement said that at no time did the Director General say anything contrary to the Federal Government’s position on the issue "and we solidly stand behind the Federal Government on its determination to actualise the project.
"The benefits derivable from the setting up of the institution will be quite numerous. Apart from becoming a citadel for knowledge and development of human capital, job opportunities will be created to the Nigerian people, particularly the community."