Maritime University granted approval by NUC to commence degree programmes, admit JAMB candidates – VC

Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta State, has been given the go-ahead by the National Universities Commission to commence graduate degree programmes, and admit JAMB candidates.

The commission also approved three faculties for the University; namely Faculty of Marine Transport; Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Environmental Management.

This was stated by the Vice Chancellor of the Nigeria Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta State, Prof. (Mrs.) Ongoebi Etebu, in an exclusive interview with NDnewVision.

The VC noted that this was in line with the Federal Government’s new vision for the Niger Delta, to ensure a smooth take-off of Nigeria’s first maritime university.

Etebu said, “In January this year, the National Universities Commission afforded us an opportunity to commence graduate degree programmes. They approved three faculties; namely Faculty of Marine Transport with four departments including Nautical Science and other departments like Transport, Logistics; the third one, Marine Economics and Finance, and lastly, Port Management. Then, Faculty of Engineering; where we have Marine Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Petroleum and Gas. Finally, we have the Faculty of Environmental Management; we have Environmental Management and Pollution Control, Meteorology and Climate Change, Fisheries and Marine Geology.”

The VC further noted that the Maritime University has also been granted approval by the national body to start admitting JAMB candidates.

She further said, “We are going to admit JAMB candidates with the quota the examination body gave to us. Recently, we have made efforts to get all necessary approval from the NUC and JAMB and so far, every step has been successful. The NUC and JAMB have been gracious and cooperative to ensure a smooth take-off of the Nigeria Maritime University. So, it is with eagerness that we look forward to admitting candidates for the 2017/2018 academic session. No doubt, that is good news to every well-meaning Nigerian. So much is going on right now, including on-the-spot assessment of available facilities of the university to ensure a successful commencement of academic activities.

“We have a temporary site and efforts are at top gear to ensure the permanent site is ready as soon as possible. As soon as possible, once we get the clearance from JAMB, we’re going to advertise our programmes and admit qualified candidates. In terms of approval, the NUC also gave us approval to do basic studies –that is, to establish School of Basic Studies. We also got approval to have a unit of General Studies – just to cater for courses like English and other languages. You know the emphasis now is that all specialised universities should have specialised programmes.”

2018 Ogoni Day: HYPREP lauds Ogoniland for support of Ogoni Clean-up

The Project Coordinator of the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project, HYPREP, Dr. Marvin Dekil, has expressed appreciation to the people of Ogoniland for their support and constant cooperation for the successful implementation of the Ogoni clean-up project.
This is part of message to the people of Ogoniland as the people mark the 2018 Ogoni day in Bori, the Headquarters of Khana Local Government Area, on January 4.
Dr. Dekil assured the Ogonis of the commitment of the Buhari administration to the realization of the remediation of the Ogoni environment and restoration of livelihoods as recommended in the UNEP Report on Ogoniland.
He elaborated that HYPREP has carried out the following activities: Initial community sensitization activities across all four LGAs; demonstrations of remediation technologies in Ogale, Korokoro, Kwakwa and B-Dere communities; The technical demonstrations were carried out by companies at no cost to HYPREP or the Federal Government of Nigeria. The companies spent their resources to showcase their remediation technologies.
Other activities include the training of Technical Staff to increase competence on the job
Signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by the Honourable Minister of State for Environment Ibrahim Jibril with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) for the Restoration of livelihoods in the communities; implementation of Health Outreach Programme which is first step towards the Health Impact Assessment Study as recommended in the UNEP Report.
“The exercise enabled us carry out an initial Public Health data as well as provided healthcare services to the Ogoni people.  Over four seven hundred patients were attended to,” Dr. Dekil said.
He further stated that the Federal Government appreciated the massive support of MOSOP,  youths bodies across Ogoniland and the women organisations who consistently have showed the desire for collaboration with HYPREP in the implementation of the project.

#NDNewVision: 10 Modular Refineries reach advanced stage, 2 ready to ship in equipment, Ogoni Clean-up record progress

The Buhari administration is committed to promoting the establishment of privately financed modular refineries so as to increase local refining capacity, create jobs, ensure peace and stability in the Niger delta region, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

The initiative which featured prominently in recent talks between the Federal Government and the oil-producing areas, as represented by PANDEF, will also reposition the petroleum industry and ensure self-sufficiency of petroleum products, while serving as a disincentive for illegal refineries and oil pollution.

At an end-of-the-year review meeting of the Niger Delta Inter-Ministerial Committee at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, before the holidays, Prof. Osinbajo noted that the Federal Government, in line with its Niger Delta New Vision, is targeting measurable objectives in its efforts towards implementing development projects in the region.

The December 22 meeting received a report that 38 licensed privately financed greenfield and mini-modular refineries investors have so far indicated interests in the establishment of refineries in the region, and at least ten (10) of the licensed refineries investors are at an advanced stage of development.

The advanced stage of development means that these projects have passed the Licence to Establish (LTE) stage, while some have the Authority to Construct (ATC) licence or close to having it because they have met some critical requirements in the Licensed stage.

There are three stages in the process of refinery establishment; Licence to Establish (LTE), Authority to Construct (ATC) and Licence to Operate (LTO).

So far, 10 modular refineries are located in five out of the nine states in the Niger Delta region; namely Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Delta, Edo and Imo states.

Also, two out of these 10 – Amakpe Refinery meant to be located in Akwa Ibom, and OPAC Refinery to be based in Delta State – have their mini-refineries modules already fabricated, assembled and containerized overseas, ready for shipment to Nigeria for installation. The total proposed refining capacities of the 10 licensed refineries stands at 300,000 barrels.

Noting the issue of funding as a major challenge to most of the investors, and the primary reason holding further progress of the refinery projects, the Vice President directed that the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources keep providing the necessary support and creating the enabling environment for positive investments in modular refineries by engaging key government agencies.

The agencies include the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board, NCDMB, and financial institutions, including the International Finance Corporation, African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority, Bank of Industry, amongst others.

The Vice President stressed the importance of ensuring that the oil communities have a stake in the modular refineries and directed that an appropriate model be developed to achieve that.

Other issues addressed at the end of the year meeting include the Maritime University, Ogoni Clean-up, and other related issues such as increasing support for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the region.

On the Maritime University take-off, the Vice President noted that further support would be given by the Federal Government to ensure the training of staff to give the best to the incoming students of the institution.

On the Ogoni clean-up, the Project Coordinator for the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project, (HYPREP), Dr. Marvin Dekil briefed the meeting that progress has been made in several areas of the clean-up.

He listed the evaluation of existing water facilities in the four local government areas in Ogoni land in the process of providing clean drinking water, demonstration of remediation technologies at sites in some of the impacted communities; hiring of and the technical training of Ogoni scientists. The Coordinator added that health impact assessment would be conducted in some communities in the coming weeks.

At the meeting were the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Unguru Usani; Minister of Education, Alhaji Adamu Adamu; Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu and the Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Usman Jubril.

Others include the Director-General of Nigeria Maritime Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside; Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Corporation, Mr. Nsima Ekere; and the Special Adviser to the President on the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig-General Paul Boroh (rtd).