President Muhammadu Buhari has increased grant for the Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta state to N6 billion as the university takes off operation.
The breakdown of the grant include N5 billion contained in the 2018 federal appropriation proposal just presented to the National Assembly by the President for approval.
The balance of N1 billion which is for immediate release and separate from the N5 billion appropriated for the university in the 2018 Budget, is for facilitating essential infrastructure works and staff recruitment.
The N5 billion grant under the Federal Ministry of Education allocation, superseded the previous provision of N2B for the university.
A statement by the Minister of the Niger Delta Ministry, Usani Uguru Usani, explained that the presidential approval for the N5B budget allocation was based on the recommendation of a committee in the Ministry of Education tasked with the activation of the university.
Recently, the Maritime University authorities have commenced the process of hiring staff with advert placements published in the Punch, Vanguard, and Sun newspapers, blogs and other online outlets.
In the published academic staff vacancies, the Maritime University is now hiring professors, readers, senior lecturers, lecturers, assistant lecturers and graduate assistants to teach in the faculties of Science, Maritime Transportation, Maritime Engineering & Technology, Maritime Environmental Management and General Studies.
It would be recalled that under the New Vision for the Niger Delta, which followed the President’s meeting with PANDEF leaders last November, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, was delegated to undertake a tour of the oil producing communities and the issue of the take-off of the Maritime University was one of the major requests tabled before the Federal Government.