Ijaw leaders in Delta State have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari not to abandon the Nigerian Maritime University, NMU, in Okerenkoko town, Warri South West local government area of Delta state.
It was reported recently in the media that President Buhari had directed the management of the Nigerian Maritime Safety and Administration NIMASA to stop work at the site of the University.
But the Ijaw leaders in a statement issued by Chief Beck Hitler, said the report cannot be true as Buhari would not give such directive to frustrate the ongoing construction in the University.
“The reported stoppage of the ongoing construction at the site of the University on the instruction of President Buhari cannot be true because the University is a federal government institute designed to benefit all Nigerians, irrespective of tribes and political affiliations.”
The Ijaw leaders pointed outthat, “The Maritime University at Okerenkoko when completed, the Hausa, Ibo and Yorubas including every other tribe in Nigeria would send their children to the University and that is why President Buhari cannot stop the construction work at the University.”
They however, assured that the people of Niger Delta region would continue to support the government of President Buhari in its efforts to transform Nigeria, particularly the development of the oil rich region.

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