Akpobolokemi: Maritime varsity will commence academic session soon

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on Monday said the Nigerian Maritime University (NMU), Okerenkoko, Delta, would soon start academic session at its temporary site, Kurutie, Delta state.

The Director-General of NIMASA, Dr Patrick Akpobolokemi, made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen in Lagos.

Akpobolokemi said construction of the university had been an ongoing process, adding that developments in terms of physical structures were growing continuously.

He said, “For us, we have acquired a temporary site for the university to take off. There are other requirements that are being fulfilled that we are processing.

“God willing, the university is going to start academic session.

“In its permanent site, construction work is ongoing and by the grace of God, we are going to complete this project within the lifetime of this administration.

“Also, the dockyard is in different stages. There are sand-filling aspects of it; there are constructions of the dock and so many other things are going on as we speak.

“So it will take time for all of them to be accomplished. It is not as if the day we have awarded these jobs, all these things would have materialized,” he said.

Akpobolokemi also said that the Federal Government had asked the agency to remove shipwrecks littering the waterways.

“Although we have a lot of problems when we go out to remove these wrecks because of legal challenges and the rest of them but we have started doing something,” he said.

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