The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) Zone B has condemned and rejected in its entirety the recently announced cancellation of the Nigeria Maritime University, Gbaramatu in Delta state, South South Nigeria.
A statement signed by NANS Zone B coordinator, Pedro Obi, said it is saddening and disheartening that the Federal Government of Nigeria, rather than supporting the move by Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to offer qualitative maritime educational service to the Nigerian populace and benefit of the maritime Industry, has chosen to jeopardize a perfect dream plan of greater innovations for reason that are barely irrelevant.
According to him, “The leadership of NANS in South South and South East region strongly detests this awkward move because it jeopardizes the chances of raising sound technopreneur in the maritime industry.
“We urge the FG, instead of cancelling the project, to review it and maximize the positivity in it, in order to add a feather to Nigeria’s cap amongst the comity of nation.
“Issues raised by the Honorable Minister of Transportation as regarding improper location, upgrading of existing ones and financial misappropriation should rather be subject to review instead of been used as a yardstick to effect the cancellation.
“NANS holds the believe that the citing of the University in Gbaramatu will in no small measure open up the creeks and the riverine areas of the Niger Delta for more economic activities and therefore holds the view that there is no better location for the University than where it is currently located, except the Nigeria Government wants the World to believe that the South South region is only good as a polluted, exploitative and dumping ground.
“NANS holds that Millions of Nigerians are ready to pursue their career in the Maritime Educational Sector but the existing ones are not even enough to meet the need and at the same time cannot be compared to a University which is capable of producing first class manpower for the maritime industry.
“Upgrading the existing ones would mean no crime but Cancellation of the new project would lean the chances of pursuing maritime industry oriented courses as the existing institutions cannot meet up to the pressures of career pursuant already on ground.
“NANS therefore appeal to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria not to give room for the cancellation of the University even as we call on all National Assembly member of South South and South East Region to intervene for our collective existence as a people.”