Confusion as Navy plans relocation of maritime varsity to Ibusa

The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok Ibas

The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok Ibas

Plans to relocate the controversial Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko in Warri South Local Council of Delta State to Ibusa in Oshimili North Local Council of the state are in the pipeline, according to the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ete-Ibas.

The plans, however, run contrary to the demand of the emergent militant group, Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), which wanted the return of the school to Okerenkoko as part of the peace deal with the Federal Government.

Ete-Ibas, who spoke at Effurun during an inspection of facilities in Naval formations in Delta State, was silent on the fate of the original site but said that plans were in advanced stage to upgrade the Nigerian Navy Secondary School at Ibusa to a maritime university.

Besides, he said the Nigerian Navy Engineering College in Sapele, also in Delta State, was being upgraded as one of the campuses for the proposed university, and will be operated in partnership with a Greek foundation.

The Chief of Naval Staff said that the processes of getting the university fully licensed for operation were presently on-going with the relevant agencies, noting that when fully operational, the Ibusa university would serve both military and civilian public, as well as save the country huge amount of money spent on training military officers abroad.

He said that the Navy was in the process of having the school, which was established by former President Goodluck Jonathan when Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba who hails from Ibusa was the Chief of Naval Staff, converted to a university to serve Navy and members of the public.

He said: “What we have done is to identify foreign partners to assist in establishing a school to cater for the needs of the Navy in areas we are operating. The process of getting the university licensed is on-going. We are contacting relevant agencies.

“Once we get the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approval, the university will commence operation.”

The Naval boss said that issues surrounding the controversial institution were being handled by the Federal Government.

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