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Academic session starts Sept at temporary site — NMU, NIMASA

Only through the incorporation of vocational and technical education into Nigeria's plans can development targets be attained says the Provost of the Federal College of Education, Zaria, Dr. Mouktar Ibrahim Maccido.

Academic activities will commence at the temporary site of the Nigeria Maritime University in September 2015.

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The Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), owners of the university, Patrick Akpobolokemi, stated this recently.

Commending the Federal government for establishing the university, Akpobolokemi noted that the institution’s temporary is ready for take-off.

“The university is now set to commence academic activities at its fully developed temporary site in Kurutie, in Warri South-west Local Government Area,” he said.

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The Vice-Chancellor of the school, Professor Ongoebi Maureen O. Etebu, disclosed that the Council had after a meeting decided to commence academic activities in September 2015.

Etebu said the university is committed to the task of building human capacity for the Nigerian maritime sector.

“We remain committed to the mandate given to us. We are also aware of the enormous task ahead, but we will not be distracted by it," she said.

"This university, which is the first of its kind, will help bridge the gap in the nation’s maritime sector presently dominated by foreigners.”

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Student Pulse gathered that the federal government had approved a budget of N50 billion for the building and development of the institution.

Etebu, a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) was appointed new Chancellor of the institution in May.

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