A group known as Concerned Niger Delta Youths Initiative (CNDYI) has advised the federal government to exercise restraint in its planned scrapping of the Maritime University, Okerenkoko, located in Gbaramatu kingdom of Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State.
In a statement issued by the group’s Director, Media and Communication, Comrade Ijebu Afoke Dickson in Port Harcourt, it reminded the federal government that many youths from the Niger Delta region had already enrolled into the university.
Nigeria’s Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi had while addressing the Senate Committee on Marine Transport described the university project as a waste of resources.
“We are not going ahead with the university project proposed by NIMASA because we have an institution in Oron, we have Nigeria Institute of Transport Technology, Zaria, and we have the Nigerian College of Aviation in Zaria which we could upgrade to a University status and NIMASA is proposing to build a new one,” Amaechi said.
However, CNDYI has cautioned the federal government over the decision saying,
“Nigerian youths mostly of the Niger Delta extraction are set in their large numbers to be absorbed to study in the Maritime University. The consistent achievement of peace and security in the Niger Delta region by the CNDYI would be enormously enhanced considering the large students’ enrolment, staff and other economic opportunities that would take a lot of the people out of idleness at full commencement of the Maritime University.”
Comrade Dickson assured that the CNDYI was committed to improving on the relative peace and security in the region and urged the Federal Government to reconsider its decision on the closure of the Maritime University in order to “prevent the opportunities of meaningful engagement and livelihood from eluding students, teaching and non-teaching staff including other prospective members of the university community.
He expressed the fear of retrogressive economic consequences being thrown up in the event of the said closure, which may hamper the relative peace and security in the Niger Delta region and the country in general.
He further urged the prospective students, staff and all stakeholders to remain calm as he was confident that the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari may not embark on an anti-peoples policy that would adversely affect the development of the Niger Delta region.
Comrade Dickson also condemned the recent bombings of the gas pipelines in the Escravos area of Delta State, which led to the shut-down of Port Harcourt and Kaduna refineries and enjoined the perpetrators to desist from creating more challenges for the national economy.

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