The Nigerian Senate has passed for second reading, a Bill for the Establishment of Nigerian Maritime University at Okerenkoko in the Southern State of Delta.
The bill is said to be a bold step towards addressing the educational challenges in the difficult terrain of Niger Delta region.
Sponsor of the Bill, Senator James Manager from Delta State said establishing the Maritime University will make Nigeria join the League of countries with the platform for the training of top class manpower for the Maritime industry.
“Countries like the United States of America, South Korea, India, China, Britain, Azerbaijan, Panama, Canada, the Netherlands, Brazil, Argentina and Ghana, as countries with Maritime universities for the training of top class manpower for the industry.” Manager stressed.
Senators were unanimous that maritime sector had huge economic potentials and stressed the need for Nigeria to have the university for producing capable manpower for the sector which, is currently dominated by foreign interests.
“The objectives for which the University is established are inter alia to encourage the advancement of learning and to hold out to all persons without distinction of race, creed, sex or political conviction, the opportunity of acquiring a higher education in Maritime technology.” they said.
Nigeria being a country with an Exclusive Economic Zone, EEZ of 1,141,081 square Kilometres, and given its strategic Location in Africa has the potentials of being a major hub in shipping and other maritime activities.
Also, the Senate passed for second reading a bill to make the Maritime Academy in Oron, Akwa Ibom State a degree awarding institution.