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Senate Passes Maritime University bill by Limitednow: 2:30pm On Nov 16, 2016
THE bill for establishment of Nigerian Maritime University at Okerenkoko in Delta State, on Wednesday scaled second reading at the Senate, months after Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, announced scrapping of the project.



The bill sponsored by James Manager (PDP-Delta) was unanimously supported by the senators after the mover’s lead debate, making case for the establishment of the university.


The groundbreaking of the proposed school at Okerenkoko in Warri south-West local government area was done by former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2014 and, according to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, physical asset were on site.


However, there has been no law backing the establishment of the university.


Addressing the senate committee on maritime on January 19, Mr. Amaechi had announced the scrapping of the project, which was to be financed by the Nigerian Maritime and Safety Administration Agency, a parastatal under his ministry.


Mr. Amaechi then cited insecurity in the area, and said the project was a “misplacement of priority” because there are transport institutes in Zaria (Kaduna), and Oron (Akwa Ibom), already.


Later on June 14 in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, the Minister said the Federal Government lacked the funds to continue with school; and that unless the N13 billion spent on the procurement of the land for the project was retrieved, the project stood scrapped.


“Okerenkoko (Maritime University), I am not against,” he said. “My argument about Okerenkoko is that land alone is 13 billion(naira). If you give me 13 billion, I will buy the half of Lagos. That 13 billion has built the university already.”


“What to do: let EFCC retrieve the money and release the money and we build the university. If they bring the N13 billion, I will build the university for them. That’s for land alone. I believe the Federal Government does not have money. When we have money, we can continue. The minister of petroleum has said he would look for the money. Minister, give me the money and we continue,” Mr. Amaechi said in Uyo.


But the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu disagreed with Mr. Amaechi, saying he was in support of the project, drawing a loud applause from the audience.


“First, let me say on Okerenkoko University, I disagree with the Minister of Transport,” he said.


“Any facility that is located in the South-South we should work close to developing it. I don’t care the circumstances under which you are placed.”


On Wednesday, the Senate shunned the transport minister, ensuring the bill for the establishment of the Maritime University scaled second reading.


Mr. Manager, the sponsor, argued that maritime sector had huge potentials and that Nigeria should have a university for the purpose of producing capable manpower for the sector which, as he said, is currently dominated by foreign interests.


On suitability of Okerenkoko for the project, he said the area was close to the sea and surrounded by oil wells.


The move that the bill be read for the second time was seconded by Fauster Ogola (PDP-Bayelsa) who said the giving legal backing to the school would make Nigeria become a “hub of manpower development in the Maritime sector.”


He said Nigeria would be the first to have maritime university in West Africa once the bill received approval of the National Assembly ultimately.


Gbenga Ashafa (APC-Lagos) and Jibrin Barau (APC-Kano) also supported the bill.
After the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, called the voice vote and the Senators unanimously responded ‘ayes’, Mr. Saraki ruled the bill be referred to the committee on tertiary education and Tetfund.


The committee was asked to report back in four weeks.


Also, the Senate made progress on the bill to make the Maritime Academy in Oron, Akwa Ibom State a degree awarding institution. The bill, proposed by Effiong Nelson (PDP-Akwa Ibom) was read for the second time.

http://www.socialtimesng.com/2016/11/senate-shuns-amaechi-passes-maritime-university-bill/

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Re: Senate Passes Maritime University bill by OZAOEKPE(m): 2:31pm On Nov 16, 2016
A traitor in the person of Amaechi will never know peace.....

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Re: Senate Passes Maritime University bill by sarrki(m): 2:32pm On Nov 16, 2016
Op point of correction

They shun Nigerian masses not amaechi

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Re: Senate Passes Maritime University bill by Limitednow: 2:33pm On Nov 16, 2016
So the hate Amaechi has for Jonathan has reached a level where anything that would benefit south-south (his own region) that was started by Jonathan should be stopped all because he wants to show he's in control?

Pray you don't die a shameful death!‎

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Re: Senate Passes Maritime University bill by Nobody: 2:35pm On Nov 16, 2016
Immaturity is when you let hate cloud your judgement,

Amaechi should be ashamed of himself

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Re: Senate Passes Maritime University bill by EVarn(m): 2:41pm On Nov 16, 2016
On one hand,the maritime university seem to be an avenue for gross embezzlement,with N13 billion already spent on land alone; how much will it take to actually build and finish the project itself?,perhaps a trillion.



We already have many institutes of learning for the purpose of land and marine transport; what the government should do is that those institute be heavily funded and provided with necessary infrastructure.




When we have the money,we can then build the maritime university.

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Re: Senate Passes Maritime University bill by Nobody: 2:42pm On Nov 16, 2016
Useless decision

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Re: Senate Passes Maritime University bill by Limitednow: 2:52pm On Nov 16, 2016
Lalasticlala u see!
Re: Senate Passes Maritime University bill by henrydadon(m): 2:59pm On Nov 16, 2016
grin

look at what ameachi have been reduce to..

okorocha is following in the same disastrous direction

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Re: Senate Passes Maritime University bill by Nobody: 2:59pm On Nov 16, 2016
grin

Let the dust settle.
Re: Senate Passes Maritime University bill by dunkem21(m): 3:00pm On Nov 16, 2016
Nice one, senate.

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Re: Senate Passes Maritime University bill by Nobody: 3:01pm On Nov 16, 2016
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Re: Senate Passes Maritime University bill by veekid(m): 3:01pm On Nov 16, 2016
At least if ASUU decide to go on strike; private schools go plenty wey we fit send our pikin go now abi?

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Re: Senate Passes Maritime University bill by AntiWailer: 3:02pm On Nov 16, 2016
Maritime University ?

Where is the fund ?

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Re: Senate Passes Maritime University bill by Angelb4: 3:03pm On Nov 16, 2016
They are only politicizing important matter. What's Amaechi's own inside sef?

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Re: Senate Passes Maritime University bill by rapistomenka: 3:03pm On Nov 16, 2016
The begining of the end of Amaechi

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Re: Senate Passes Maritime University bill by 2termz(m): 3:03pm On Nov 16, 2016
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Re: Senate Passes Maritime University bill by tammie24: 3:04pm On Nov 16, 2016
Even APC members supports the bill



Ameachi hmm....!!!

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Re: Senate Passes Maritime University bill by richidinho(m): 3:04pm On Nov 16, 2016
Amaechi said

“What to do: let EFCC retrieve the money and release the money and we build the university. If they bring the N13 billion, I will build the university for them. That’s for land alone. I believe the Federal Government does not have money. When we have money, we can continue. The minister of petroleum has said he would look for the money. Minister, give me the money and we continue,” Mr. Amaechi said in Uyo.


and Ibe Kachukwu said

“Any facility that is located in the South-South we should work close to developing it. I don’t care the circumstances under which you are placed.”


click like for Kachukwu, the true Nigerdelta son

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Re: Senate Passes Maritime University bill by helinues: 3:04pm On Nov 16, 2016
Good news
Re: Senate Passes Maritime University bill by OHIsIManuEL(m): 3:04pm On Nov 16, 2016
2termz:
G
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Re: Senate Passes Maritime University bill by tammie24: 3:05pm On Nov 16, 2016
What a shame on Ameachi

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Re: Senate Passes Maritime University bill by pedrilo: 3:05pm On Nov 16, 2016
AMEACHI how market?

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Re: Senate Passes Maritime University bill by pedrilo: 3:05pm On Nov 16, 2016
Angelb4:
They are only politicizing important matter. What's Amaechi's own inside sef?
political neophyte

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Re: Senate Passes Maritime University bill by OHIsIManuEL(m): 3:05pm On Nov 16, 2016
Nice one

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Re: Senate Passes Maritime University bill by richidinho(m): 3:06pm On Nov 16, 2016
EVarn:
On one hand,the maritime university seem to be an avenue for gross embezzlement,with N13 billion already spent on land alone; how much will it take to actually build and finish the project itself?,perhaps a trillion.

We already have many institutes of learning for the purpose of land and marine transport; what the government should do is that those institute be heavily funded and provided with necessary infrastructure.


When we have the money,we can then build the maritime university.

why cant you seek for more information before commenting here?

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Re: Senate Passes Maritime University bill by Mopolchi: 3:06pm On Nov 16, 2016
we are watching
Re: Senate Passes Maritime University bill by pedrilo: 3:06pm On Nov 16, 2016
Keneking:
Useless decision
E PAIN AM

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Re: Senate Passes Maritime University bill by ivili(m): 3:07pm On Nov 16, 2016
Awesome decision,anything to give development to the Niger Delta area is welcomed.Those who are angry about this are only doing so because its not in Lagos,Abuja or Port Harcourt. .... (shame).

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Re: Senate Passes Maritime University bill by yomalex(m): 3:07pm On Nov 16, 2016
okay

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