The Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta, will begin undergraduate programmes for the 2017/2018 academic session, having been approved by the National University Commission.
Laolu Akande, a media adviser to Vice President, said this on Wednesday.
He said the development underscored FG’s commitment to develop Niger Delta.
The undergraduate programmes will begin in three faculties namely Transport, Engineering and Environmental Management. Faculty of Transport has four departments, namely Nautical Science, Transport Logistics Management, Marine Economics and Finance, and Port Management.
Moreover, the Faculty of Engineering has five departments – Marine Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Petroleum and Gas Engineering.
Also, Faculty of Environmental Management has four departments: Environmental Management and Pollution, Meteorology and Climate Change, Fisheries and Aquaculture, and Marine Geology.
The government also added that the Maritime University would be extended all privileges accorded to other Federal Universities.
“Under the New Vision for the Niger Delta, which followed the President’s meeting with leaders of Pan Niger Delta Elders Forum (PANDEF) in Nov. 2016, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, was delegated to undertake a tour of the oil producing communities.
“”The take-off of the Maritime University was one of the major requests tabled before the Federal Government,’’ Akande said.