Eight students of Rivers State origin, studying nautical science in Amnet University Chennai, India, have graduated with first class honours and distinctions.
The eight were among the fourteen students from the state mobilised by the state government to undertake courses in Nautical Science in Amnet University, Chennai, India, under the Government Overseas Scholarship Programme.
The eight outstanding students include Mrs. Hope Mienyeibim Jumbo, from Bonny Local Government, Mr. Lawrence Opuiyo Olunwa from Okrika, Iyalla Sonny Ikiroma from Akuku-Toru and Mr. Harry Bomate Doyar from Degema,Okauwu Lasbry Loveday from Andoni, Ogu Iyke from Etche, Nwobisi Echendu James from Ikwerre and Saluka Adokunrun from Eleme.
Others with remarkable grades include Mr. Amadi Wisdom from Ikwerre, Biebele Bereiweriso from Okrika and Bobmanuel Tammy Omubo from Akuku-Trou,Chidi Ifeanyi Sunday from Ikwerre, Iheanyi Wachuku also from Ikwerre and Mr. Ngobere Victor Bogey from Khana.
This was disclosed at a reception in honour of the students in Port Harcourt where Governor Nyesom Wike commended the scholars for their exceptional performance and assured that government would continue to strive to ensure proper training of the youths to man the various sectors of the state’s economy.
Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Mr. Kenneth Kobani, Wike said that the government was already repositioning the maritime sector through the rehabilitation of the state-owned fishing trawlers and ferryboats with a view to providing practical training and employment opportunities for Rivers people.
He also said that the state is collaborating with the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, towards the implementation of Cabotage Law with a view to creating employment opportunities for more seafarers in the state.
Governor Wike, who commended the graduates, charged them to remain exemplary in their conduct wherever they go.
Also speaking, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Empowerment and Employment Generation, Mrs. Comfort Iragunima, informed that 30 youths from the state were sponsored by the government for the purpose of raising marine officers and engineers to fill the existing vacancies in the maritime, oil and gas sectors of the economy, with the ultimate aim of repositioning the state as a viable maritime state with great potential for expansion.
The Permanent Secretary acknowledged the gesture by the Rivers State government in granting post-graduate scholarships to two of the students, Harry Bomate Dieyer and Hope M. Jumbo to undertake their Masters and PhD programmes in the United Kingdom.

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