Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has described the purported scrapping of the Martime University, Okerenkoko as uncalled for.
Addressing Journalists in Asaba and also speaking against the backdrop of speculations that the hitherto silence of the State Government, even in the face of wide-spread demonstrations and advocacy against the decision, was a tacit endorsement of Transport Minister, Rotimi Amaechi’s pronouncement to scrap the institution, Governor Okowa observed that Nigeria deserves more than one of such university and as such, there was no reason for an already established one with a functional governing council to be scrapped.
The Governor, who was flanked during the interactive session, by the Deputy Governor, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Hon. Ovie Agas, Commissioner for Information, Mr Patrick Ukah and the state Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Comrade Norbert Chiazor stated that the Okerenkoko Community where the University was sited had protested against the scrapping of the University, disclosing that he would personally, present their protest letter to President Mohamadu Buhari for appropriate action.
“It will not be right to scrap the Maritime University, we need more of such institution, the Okerenkoko Community has protested against such move and I will make presentation on the issue to the President because, scrapping such an institution will be a huge loss to the Federal Government and a major set-back in man-power development in the maritime sector,” the Governor said.