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Ex-NDDC MD hails Buhari’s order for Take-off of Maritime Varsity

A former Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Pastor Power Ziakede Aginighan, has hailed the recent directive issued by President Muhammed Buhari, which has led to the take-off of the Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta State.

In a statement he issued in Warri, Delta State, yesterday, Aginighan, who is a member of the State Caucus of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), explained that cynics had dismissed a promise made about the take-off of the institution,  by the Vice President , when he visited Delta State last year‘.

“When then Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, assured the Niger Delta leaders during his historic visit to Delta State in January 2017, that the take-off of the Maritime University was a done deal, many cynics dismissed it as mere politics. The recent inauguration of the University Governing Council by Mr. President, coming up after the release of the take-off funds for the institution, has shown that the present Federal Government means well for the Niger Delta region.”

Aginighan congratulated Chief Timipre Sylva on his appointment as the Pro-Chancellor/Chairman of the Governing Council of the university and prayed to God to grant the council the wherewithal to provide purposeful leadership, to enable the university deliver on its mission and vision.

Aginighan also commended the pioneer Vice Chancellor of the University Professor Maureen Engoibi Etebu and the University Management for their sacrifices, hardwork and resilience, in bringing the dream of the University to a reality.

While thanking both chambers of the National Assembly for the patriotic steps taken so far on providing the enabling law for the university, Aginighan appealed to the legislature to fast-track any further action required to enable Mr. President give his assent to the full operations of the institution.

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