The Federal Government has commenced operations in Maritime University, in Okerenkoko, Delta State and invited applications to fill academic staff vacancies.
Minister of Niger Delta, Usani Uguru Usani, announced this on Saturday.
He said that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a significant increase of the take-off grant from N2billion to N5billion.
The presidential approval for the N5bn budget allocation was based on the recommendation of a committee in the Ministry of Education tasked with the activation of the university.
Also, President Muhammadu Buhari approved an immediate release of N1billion to the university to support essential infrastructure works and staff recruitment.
“This release is separate from the N5B allocated in the 2018 budget submitted to the National Assembly,” Usani said.
The university authorities have already commenced the process of hiring staff with advert placements published in the Punch, Vanguard, and Sun newspapers, as well as blogs and other online outlets.
The Maritime University is part of the ‘New Vision for the Niger Delta’, which followed the President’s meeting with PANDEF leaders last November.