Senate shuns Amaechi, passes Maritime University Bill

PIC. 7. MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION, MR CHIBUIKE AMAECHI (R) AND DIRECTOR-GENERAL, NIGERIA MARITIME ADMINISTRATION AND SAFETY AGENCY, MR DAKUKU PETERSIDE, AT THE SUBMISSION OF THE REPORT OF THE MINISTERIAL COMMITTEE ON MODALITY FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE NATIONAL FLEET (SHIPPING LINE), IN ABUJA ON MONDAY (20/6/16).
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PIC. 7. MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION, MR CHIBUIKE AMAECHI (R) AND DIRECTOR-GENERAL, NIGERIA MARITIME ADMINISTRATION AND SAFETY AGENCY, MR DAKUKU PETERSIDE, AT THE SUBMISSION OF THE REPORT OF THE MINISTERIAL COMMITTEE ON MODALITY FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE NATIONAL FLEET (SHIPPING LINE), IN ABUJA ON MONDAY (20/6/16). 4482/20/6/2016/BJO/NAN

The bill for establishment of Nigerian Maritime University at Okerenkoko in Delta State, on Wednesday scaled second reading at the Senate, months after Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, announced scrapping of the project.

The bill sponsored by James Manager (PDP-Delta) was unanimously supported by the senators after the mover’s lead debate, making case for the establishment of the university.

The groundbreaking of the proposed school at Okerenkoko in Warri south-West local government area was done by former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2014 and, according to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, physical asset were on site.

However, there has been no law backing the establishment of the university.

Addressing the senate committee on maritime on January 19, Mr. Amaechi had announced the scrapping of the project, which was to be financed by the Nigerian Maritime and Safety Administration Agency, a parastatal under his ministry.

Mr. Amaechi then cited insecurity in the area, and said the project was a “misplacement of priority” because there are transport institutes in Zaria (Kaduna), and Oron (Akwa Ibom), already.

Later on June 14 in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, the Minister said the Federal Government lacked the funds to continue with school; and that unless the N13 billion spent on the procurement of the land for the project was retrieved, the project stood scrapped.

“Okerenkoko (Maritime University), I am not against,” he said. “My argument about Okerenkoko is that land alone is 13 billion(naira). If you give me 13 billion, I will buy the half of Lagos. That 13 billion has built the university already.”

“What to do: let EFCC retrieve the money and release the money and we build the university. If they bring the N13 billion, I will build the university for them. That’s for land alone. I believe the Federal Government does not have money. When we have money, we can continue. The minister of petroleum has said he would look for the money. Minister, give me the money and we continue,” Mr. Amaechi said in Uyo.

But the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu disagreed with Mr. Amaechi, saying he was in support of the project, drawing a loud applause from the audience.

Ibe Kachikwu Minister of State for Petroleum Photo: thisdaylive.com
Ibe Kachikwu
Minister of State for Petroleum
Photo: thisdaylive.com

“First, let me say on Okerenkoko University, I disagree with the Minister of Transport,” he said.

“Any facility that is located in the South-South we should work close to developing it. I don’t care the circumstances under which you are placed.”

On Wednesday, the Senate shunned the transport minister, ensuring the bill for the establishment of the Maritime University scaled second reading.

Mr. Manager, the sponsor, argued that maritime sector had huge potentials and that Nigeria should have a university for the purpose of producing capable manpower for the sector which, as he said, is currently dominated by foreign interests.

On suitability of Okerenkoko for the project, he said the area was close to the sea and surrounded by oil wells.

The move that the bill be read for the second time was seconded by Fauster Ogola (PDP-Bayelsa) who said the giving legal backing to the school would make Nigeria become a “hub of manpower development in the Maritime sector.”

He said Nigeria would be the first to have maritime university in West Africa once the bill received approval of the National Assembly ultimately.

Gbenga Ashafa (APC-Lagos) and Jibrin Barau (APC-Kano) also supported the bill.

After the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, called the voice vote and the Senators unanimously responded ‘ayes’, Mr. Saraki ruled the bill be referred to the committee on tertiary education and Tetfund.

The committee was asked to report back in four weeks.

Also, the Senate made progress on the bill to make the Maritime Academy in Oron, Akwa Ibom State a degree awarding institution. The bill, proposed by Effiong Nelson (PDP-Akwa Ibom) was read for the second time.


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  • Watch man

    That was a good move. I do hope the FG would implement when it becomes law.

    • Rommel

      And I also hope that you will provide money to build that university otherwise,all the the people that supported this wickedness will never know peace until they have all lost the combined amount of N13 Billion

      • Benny

        Plank! Where is the money that is feeding the whole of Nigeria coming from? You guys want to reap where you did not sow. As the Petroleum Minister rightly stated, there is no project ‘too big’ for the region.

        • Babso

          They need that university to perfect their wickedness of pipeline destruction. Is it now that all production through Forcados terminal has been shut down that the senate are talking about the Maritime university. Very useless set of so called honorable members.

          • emmanuel

            Maritme Univeristy is a University which research and teach aquatic life, sailing profession, Ocean wave, Temperature, pollution effect, shore degradation effect etc.
            Ignorance is a disease.

          • Powerlessconscious

            Hope you will stop bombing after given Marita uni? Because I can see that it is very important to you.

        • Rommel

          Oil contributes only 14% of GDP so get that into your head,should Nigeria stop producing oil today,14% of the gdp will be wiped out but the country will still be there and even prosper more.Should we because oil is coming from there spend N13 billion to buy few acres of land for the so called maritime university?

          • emmanuel

            Hear the demon. How has the GDP been since the NDA and other self determination groups of the ND commenced effective drive February 2016?
            If your brain is not lame, you would understand why South Africa has relegated Nigeria’s economy.
            I am sure Angola economy will overtake it soon.
            Only 14% and without Oil Nigeria will prosper.
            Simply tell your baba Miyetti Allah patron – know nothing and do nothing to ask the Revenue allocation committee to stop adding money from Oil to Nigeria revenue and tell NNPC to shut down.
            That day, you would recall your army of occupation from the ND and enjoy huge cattle revenue.
            Best allow us go peacefully so you can develop your land.
            When the Oil blacks owned by your people effectively stop production, it becomes bad business to the IOC’s and they will all move away. Then we can match ourselves..
            Abi you think say dem go continue to remain if they cannot produce or ship out what is produced?
            The ego, greed and inferiority complex translated to air of superiority of you foolanis will destroy Nigeria eventually

          • Rommel

            Should oil production stop today,Nigeria will develop faster and then the Niger delta which has destroyed its own environment in search of compensation for fake oil spillage would understand what they have done to themselves,when they were bursting pipelines in those days to claim compensation from oil companies when they thought it was the easier way of making money than bunkering,did they not know that it would have effects?

          • Rommel

            Would people whose parents were criminals be anything different? while the so called people were busy seeking oil blocs,what were the people of the Niger delta doing? maybe busy selling land to multiple buyers,pipeline vandalism and bunkering, today,you accuse us of negligence,what were your priorities then?

          • emmanuel

            We know, that was how Buhari overthrew a legitimate government ad from him to Abdulsalami they shared all the Oil blocks and after that they left the Government to the Ota Baboon
            And when the time to renew Oil block holding came, all manner of lies were told against GEJ, Boko Haram was also snatched from Modu Sherif to upstage him, Jega was compromised to oust him and that having been done, threw Nigeria into unprecedented failure
            Nature does not leave vacuum, so the NDA thought it wise to do the needful and God has blessed their struggle since then.
            Very few thieves enjoy their loots for so long and in this case, nature has cut of the thieves. Now, both the thieves and those stolen from bear the brunt, which is better than the thief only enjoying the loot.
            Go get details from the IOC’s, i am sure they would not holdon for too long again, because they have dropped most of their senior staff.
            After BP’s Gulf of Mexico Oil spill and the cost, they sold off and left. You think Nigeria is too sweet fro the IOC’s to remain forever? delusion.

          • Rommel

            GEJ has been president and also did Malabu fraud himself and the many subsidy scams,let him tell us how much of oil proceeds goes to the so called imaginary oil block owners that we keep hearing,Ibe Kachikwu is today oil minister,let him confirm ownership of oil blocks and let us see how Nigeria makes her money from oil

          • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

            Em i thought Oil blocks were allocated by the FG (president only)? so how can the people there own any if the oil blocks were allocated during the military rule which was an unjust period? according to Nigerian law is it not anything found 6 feets under the earth belongs to the nation (Abuja)?

          • Rommel

            When it was being allocated,what were the indigenes doing? did they not know? was professor Tam David West not former oil minister,Dan Etete,Don Etiebet,apart from Jubril Aminu and Rilwanu Lukman,how many northerners have been oil ministers in Nigeria?

          • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

            it was military rule then. And we all know what the military did and how they did it with impunity and injustice.

          • Clario

            Oga go read book!!! GDP and government revenue are not one and the same. That 14% of GDP contributes more than 70%of all government revenue and more than 90% of your government foreign exchange earnings. So just shut it already. Nothing done for the Niger delta is too much. When you drive on a tarred road anywhere in Nigeria remember to thank the Niger delta. When you sit in a classroom, remember to thank the Niger delta. When you type rubbish on that your cheap phone, remember to thank the Niger delta for the fx with which it was imported.

          • Benny

            This your submission just validates your insipid nature. So, why is your Dullard Buhari hell bent in ensuring there is peace in the Niger Delta? Keep eating dirt with your meal. Twat!

  • Eldorado

    Some misguided people in akwa Ibom will be showing support for PDP
    Who PDP epp?

  • Izedomi Ohirein

    Ameachi could not be said to have cancelled what was not approved in the first place.
    The University should have been started after approval. Not before.

    • Vextee343

      @izedomiohirein:disqus

      Nigeria’s SENATE as a useless roulette of official buffoons

      Nigeria can never find its way under the current un-thinking leadership emplaced across the courts,
      the state and federal parliaments and at state and federal executive councils. There’s no thinking.
      There’s no leadership, properly-speaking. This Senate debate on Maritime University shows just
      how bereft Nigeria’s legislative thought has become under the fumbling hands of Bukola Saraki.
      What exactly is wrong with passing the Maritime University bill and setting up an investigation
      committee to lok into the prima facie fraud of paying 13 billion Naira for a couple of hectares
      in a rural town like Warri in Delta state? Nothing is wrong with that complete thinking but the
      ever useless Senate does not think. Public policy decisions are instead taken to hurt one
      or a group of targeted persons. That is the theme of decision making in Nigeria: to hurt
      someone or a group of people. Decisions are not taking with fidelity to reason as guide.
      That’s why Nigeria keeps getting worse under this useless roulette of official buffoons.

      • Izedomi Ohirein

        I beg to differ. We must learn to do things within the law.
        It is wrong to start any thing before it is approved & budgeted for. Diverting money from one cost centre into another might be criminal.
        Jonathan abused his powers to have started Maritime University before it was approved.

      • Clario

        Continue de vex de go!!! Do you know how scarce land is in that area? Have you been near there? Do you know how much reclamation work is put into getting hectares of land on which university structures can stand in a place that is all swamp? You think you know so much but you are being ruled by your bias and hatred for the Niger delta. So just zip it already!!! Imagine this bush thing…… Calling Warri rural area!!!

    • utolason

      That’s the Nigerian way of doing things, upside down.

    • Benny

      How many Universities are set up by Act of the National.Assembly prior to their take off? You guys just sit in your quirky rooms and turn logics on its head. For hell sake, after proclamation/approval of such a university by the National Council of States , a bill is sent to the National.Assembly to affirm it.

      • Izedomi Ohirein

        Your problem is accepting that thing should be done the right way.
        Approval, budgeted for before execution. That is the right way, not your wrong way.

      • emmanuel

        A University was set up and construction began, then one rascal issue order to stop it. The most logical and legal thing is get an act of Parliament to back it. That way, the Institution goes beyond personal discretion

    • Es3

      It will help to find how Universities in Nigeria have been getting established since after independence.

      • Izedomi Ohirein

        Please stop defending doing thing upside down, which has been allowing corruption.
        Universities or any project should be approved first, budgeted for before execution.
        The 9 Universities started by Jonathan, including Otuoke were budgeted for before execution. A budget is an act of parliament – a law.

        • Es3

          Do you understand simple English??? If yes, go and read my post again!

  • dudu

    For all his controversy, Amaechi sure has some morals, I cant say same for Ibe Kachichukwu. I rather have an Amaechi in my corner than the Minister of Petroleum anyday and time

    • Benny

      Who gives a feather if you have ten Judases like Amaechi in your bedroom. That area produces 45% of the natural gas that Nigeria is earning billions of dollars from and mo project is too much for such an area.

      • Paul Young

        Niger Delta deserves proper projects that will employ thousands and improve livelihood for people significantly. Unfortunately i dont think this Maritime university should be our priority now. Roads, Bridges, Industries would be a better use for the billions this project is going to consume

        • emmanuel

          If you are civilised and from ND, you will not reason that way. The cost of study and research on cyclone in the USA run into billion of Dollars, that is outside of the institutions involved in such project.
          What is the school in Oron if you trully know? Please tell us the scope and let us also know what a Maritime University is.
          Why establish a University of Education when that state has Federal University with faculty of education and a nearby state University with same?
          You sure need a road to your bed room.
          Who says we cannot get a University and roads?
          Universities are research institution and the Maritime University is expedient for Nigeria with her Southern border covered by the sea.

        • Gary

          A well set up university is labor intensive in addition to providing educational opportunities for people in the region. It will attract a body of students, academics and support staff and services. They will need housing, furniture, transportation and food. The providers of those goods and services will come from the local community which will provide them gainful employment to provide for their families. The state and local govt. will boost their tax base as a result. The products of the university will hopefully set up maritime trades and industries in the region. There are unpolluted beaches in Akwa Ibom that can sustain hotel and tourist resorts. Set up air and road transportation, and visitors can go from there to the Obudu Highlands in nearby Cross Rivers. So we can drive regional integration from projects like this.

          All that is possible when people of vision, not shortsighted crooks in politics, are chosen to lead our people.

          • Paul Young

            You are correct, thanks for pointing thr benefits out. I agree totally

          • Gary

            You’re welcome. Investments like this, is what we expect NDDC to undertake in the region instead of repeatedly building shoddy roads and boreholes which the local govts. should normally do.
            The oil won’t last forever and billions spent over the decades without any tangible benefits or development of the region and its 44 million people.

          • emmanuel

            Tell us how much of NDDC monies are usually released yearly – Federal conspiracy.
            IS NPA A LAGOS STATE INSTITUTION, WHY SHOULD THEY INVEST IN LAGOS PORT CONCEPTUALISED BY LAGOSIANS AND THEIR PRIVATE COMPANIES?
            Politics is about representing group of people usually ones constituency in a bid to cause development and offer solutions for their benefits.

          • Gary

            Please don’t get me started on the NDDC. It’s a drainpipe for siphoning oil money by a privileged few. Legislators have to be bribed with contracts to approve its budget. A personnel audit will show the agency has not been mostly staffed by Niger Deltans but those with the right connections in Abuja. To be named into the Commission is like winning a millionaire jackpot. You and your family are set for life for two generations at least.
            That others get federal funding to support capital projects shows the weakness of the politicians we send to Abuja. They show more loyalty to their political parties than the common interests of the Niger Delta people. Example: Rotimi Amaechi.
            When it involves the North, ALL northern legislators vote as a bloc. Ditto for the South West. It’s only the SE and SS legislators that are political prostitutes in national politics. They will lie down with the Devil for the right price. And the rest of the country knows it. That’s why people come from elsewhere to own oil blocks while they are satisfied getting paid as gate-men and maiguard at the facilities.

          • emmanuel

            Thats exactly what Amaechi is doing. Go see how impoverish the North is, yet their pople are the greatest FGN thieves, while our people are the greatest thieves from their own funds agreed.
            But that will not make a Northerner shoot down a project in their land.
            For your information, the NDDC’s scam begin from Abuja and by the time it gets down there, the people feats on it, because those who should not be beneficiaries have eaten so much from it.
            That is how the FGN created it to fail and that i know.
            Amaechi has been on rampage against anything D since he got to Abuja. He is not the only Minister from that region, but want to stop every other person.
            One day, it will be the people against the families of those who plundered ND and i am sure that day is coming. Including Ibori, Odili, Uduaghan, Amaechi, the pretentious one who calls himself Comrade etc.

          • Powerlessconscious

            Problem in north is not new.

          • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

            Not only shoddy roads and boreholes, NDDC are building Barracks for armed forces personnels, Building DSS offices, Buying 250 Gunboats for the Army and a mere 25 for the navy, Buying cars for the police which isnt a bad idea but spending NDDC funds on the armed forces is wrong. Like Gary said below “It’s a drainpipe for siphoning oil by a privileged few. Legislators have to be bribed with contracts to approve its budget”

          • Gary

            Imagine that…and people wonder why we have the Niger Delta Avengers.
            Money set aside by parliament to develop the region is now being used for weapons and military infrastructure to repress the people of the region that has sustained Nigeria for over half a century.
            Then ignorant folks will come online to ask what Niger Deltans have done with the monies allocated to them over the years.

            Will the oil money that will fund the newly established Northeast development commission be similarly used to fund the counter-insurgency war against Boko Haram? Of course not.

            So in a few years Borno will join Kano (which has managed to become a northeastern state) in looking like a mini-Dubai while the Niger Delta will still stay the same. Or worse, as a military cantonment.

        • Izedomi Ohirein

          Lagos State has set up Oil exploration, prospecting & development Company.
          If Niger Delta States had the sense to do that since 1973, they will not be complaining today. What did they do with their 13% derivation money.
          Most Primary Schools in Delta State are still as Ogbemudia & Alli left them 35 – 40yrs ago, while those of Edo State, with little or no Oil have been rebuilt to a higher standard. Corruption & senselessness is our problem.

          • emmanuel

            School in EkewanRoad, Oliha, Third, Upper Lawani? Abi na the villages to Urhouen, Ugoneki, Ekiadolor? Abeg, forget the matter. Delta State has been ruled by vagabonds, but that does not remove the fact that the FG maniuplate the region to keep it down.
            NDDC budgets since inception has not received 25% release at anytime.
            Lagos State exploration is a mega fraud which would be unveiled sometime in the future. For yoyur information, the two Ports in addition to existing two in Lagos were not stalled despited the mega fleecing of the state resources by Tinubu and the frog eyed Fashola.
            Abi na only ND nor go get development because some thieve politician come from there?
            By the way, Tinubu and Ibori belong to the same class of thieves.
            Do not tel me that one is smarter than the other.

          • Izedomi Ohirein

            Love him or loured Tinubu ruled Lagos State better than any Nigeria Delta & Igbinadion thieves of his time.
            Lagos & Edo States are better ruled than most Nigeria States. Please stop speculating doom for Lagos State Oil project you know nothing about.
            It took the explorers & developers 24years to strike Oil with their money.
            People of Niger Delta contribute nothing to Oil exploration, prospecting & development in their area like Lagos State is trying to do. They foolishly wasted their 13% derivation, like Jonathan wasted our highest revenue ever, during his 5yrs maladministration..

          • Powerlessconscious

            But for many years. The thief in the Niger delta could not achieve what thief on Lagos achieved. Despite 13%, nddc, ministry of ND, state allocation. Low number of state workers. Low population. Why?

      • dudu

        I’m all for the development of the Niger Delta, but the people in that region should look inwards and begin to hold their leaders really responsible for their problems. I have had course to interact with Amaechi at a University Public event and I told him pointedly that the Niger Delta leaders were responsible for the developmental challenges that region is facing. Mind you, this was ever before his rift with Jonathan and the PDP. Of course, he disagreed with me, saying the North and other Nigerian leaders had marginalised the SS in terms of resources and all that…but I just shook my head and sat back in my seat. Point is, I am sure he knows better now.

      • Burbank

        And that natural gas contributed to 100% of Ibori, Tompolo, Asari Dokubo and Alamieyeseigha wealth which they stole from you.

    • emmanuel

      Give us your real moniker, i suppose you are a gangster among thieves. N13 billion is sure so much for land, But if the land is in an island, you may not say so.
      My friend from Italy is from an Island community around Venice. 10 square meter of land there is enough to buy a block of flat at Banana Island.
      That said, saint Amaechi called a House of Assembly session in Government House PH, following the protracted suspension of their session at about November 19, 2014. The purpose to sign a Bill cleaning out N19 billion River State Reserve. That was done within 30 minutes and the session ended.
      That money was released to the APC wholesale. The portion for Media committee was domiciled with Ibim Semitari as head of that Committee, but Liar Mohammed became enraged when it was not for him to manage.- he is a sworn enemy of that woman to-date.
      I surmised therefore that only an animal will clean out what his state saved for years to finance a selfish Ministerial position less than what a small Girl Kemi who did not even attend campaign rallies hold.
      You and Amaechi are sub-human!

      • famaks

        You are a contradiction in corruption. Gbaramatu land for 13 billion naira? Any conscience? Any compassion? Any moral again?

      • dudu

        I think you should deal with issues according to the published story. You sure are entitled to your own opinion, it’s your kettle of fish when you slur others

      • Burbank

        And you actually compared Italy with the creeks of Tompolo’s Gbaramatu!
        Just like his rickety boats are more expensive than the US aircraft carriers.

    • Es3

      Amaechi and morals indeed!

  • Ade

    When a thieve snub you , then be thankful.

  • emmanuel

    Amaechi is a man who hate the people he represent and would rather they are neglected for him to remain relevant. A politician is a problem solver and would have gone the way of Kachikwu to work around the land issue either by calling for valuation of the land and if the cost is over-bloated, the FG ask for some refunds. That is an administrator.
    Amaechi is an evil man

    • Mike

      Obvoulsy you are very ignorant about Amaechi…Amaechi is not a coward that would bent to any flimsy caprices and whims. His passion for the development of the Niger Delta region is never cloaked in parochial sentiments but well cut out objectivity. Its a shame that 13billion was pocketed by an individual yet some persons from this same area don’t see anything wrong about it. which of existing university private or public really worth up to 13Billion. I agree with Amaechi. Recover the money and there you see the completion of the university.

      • emmanuel

        Pocketed. Is Lagos in Nigeria? Do you know land is scarce commodity in the River rine? so land must be sold at two for a penny because it is in SS?
        Amaechi and you are cursed people.

  • Arabakpura

    An establishing law is the way to go; so that the senate will also provide the funding!

  • uche

    shame to amaechi………truly i stand with emma…amaechi is a progress hater…..the evil will live…but for a while…

    • Oladele

      We turn everything into politics in Nigeria. We have maritime school at Oron, upgrade it first and also fast-track Petroleum Institute upgrade and even change its name to allow them run more courses including Maritime courses if needed. If Tompolo returns 13Billion that he stole we can then have this conversation again.

      • emmanuel

        One Airport in Lagos, another in LeKKI. Deep Sea Port in Lekki another in Badagry, with NPA being part investor with FGN money.
        Public service is derived from politics and quite different from civil service.
        If it is Yoruba, it is acceptable and tribal when it relates to others..
        FOR YOUR IGNORANCE, THE DAYS PEOPLE ALLOWED YORUBAS TO PLAY THE CAMELONIC GAME ON THEM AND THEN GET ALL THE BENEFIT IS GONE.
        IF YOU REALISE OF LATE, NO ONE, LEAVE YOUR PEOPLE DO YOUR SADISTIC MANIPULATION WITHOUT RESPONSE. ANYMORE

        • Powerlessconscious

          Everything in Lagos only.

        • Nelson Cole

          My dear do not advertise your ignorance on the public! All those you mentioned are not FG projects, they are a result of strategic partnerships with private investors and IMF. They are the results of great planning by the successful govs of Lagos state. I know you will find it difficult to understand what those terms I wrote above meant, since all your lots excel in is abuse and ethnic bigotry.

  • Gary

    When those who represent us do right by us, then we should thank them. So thank you SS Senators and for forging bipartisan support for a project dear to our people. The same reason why land is expensive on Banana Island and Lekki in Lagos is why it is expensive in the Delta: it is swampland and requires reclamation and extensive sand filling.
    We can pardon the ignorance of our countrymen who don’t know better but not Rotimi Amaechi. He used our money to buy himself a Ministerial position and then sent the DSS to go after those behind the Maritime University and in the process plunged the Niger Delta into renewed militancy.

    Our people have a very long memory about treachery.

    • Powerlessconscious

      As expensive as 13billion hahagagaha

    • gboromiro

      What inverted logic. It is exactly for the reason that it is a swampy and wasteland that it should be very cheap. Besides, if the SS requires a Maritime school so bad, why is the state govt not provide free land. I expect EFCC’s pursuit of these shameless looters.

    • gboromiro

      *why does the state govt. not….

  • Shehu Monguno

    Since the Niger Delta does not want the Nigerian Maritime University, the maritime University can be relocated to Borno State and Monguno my home time. We will give them land for free

    • The Optimist

      Don’t those crooks in the creeks. They say they want university but cannot provide land freefree. Imagine 13 billion Naira just for land.

      • Oskirin

        na jona n tompolo collect d whooping amt of 13b naira.kai ds country no go move forward again if we continue to hear ds kind of report.13b for land? na whc kind land b dt? and d senate did nt say anytin on d said 13b.tank God it ws raised by rotimi.posterity will judge him for sayin ds coz if he had kept mute, den him self wld av conspired to defraud d nation.

        no wonder tompolo run away….na whc estate valuer value dt land to dt amt?

        ds is 1 of d many reasons i dnt want court to b releasing ds suppose thief on bail…dem go always luk for xcuse to salooo.

  • JAA

    Is it no obvious politics is at play here. The senate has been rejecting executive request in recent times. Now, you see both APC and PDP senators working together against the executive. I think Buhari and his cabinet members should change their style of governance. More importantly, Buhari should stop saying a different thing and doing another. He promised to work with whoever emerged as the leader of the National Assembly, but now he is doing another. Yes Saraki maybe corrupt, but is Buhari not aware a corrupt person could emerge. Infact he made the promise while being aware Saraki was vying for the post.

  • Jacky

    What difference does it make when a stinking Senate snubs anyone? In the real world, Amaechi has nothing to lose.

  • Otile

    Did Imam Buhari not promise effective famine come early next year?

    • emmanuel

      The man do go Morocco. He must talk as far as he don collect estacode. The allure of the trip.
      Even if wetin he talk nor make sense.

    • Gary

      That was a pre-emotive lie to misdirect our people before the UN issued its report later yesterday that 14 million people and refugees in the Northeast are facing the threat of famine. Due to Biko Haram and the displacement of people in the farming communities.

      Garba Shehu issued that silly statement to pre-empt the bad news they knew was coming. Lying has become an art under the Buhari regime.

      • Powerlessconscious

        That is not news. It is common in north very long time ago. Poverty is not new in north.

  • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

    The school has been approved ‘nonetheless. Huya!!!. but there is this extract from the report above ””On suitability of Okerenkoko for the project, he said the area was close to the sea and surrounded by oil wells.”””” See these people. So my Naval weapon systems company we put in Akwa Ibom was in the wrong place? we were commanded to move it to Bauchi or Benue or forget the licence and FG approval. How do you build Naval equipments in places without oceans or deep water? Funny country.

  • Kamalu

    N13billion on land acquisition alone? I am sure the real owners of the land are yet to get a dime and the dumbo jombo and his heartless gang of looters all smiled to the banks. Worrisome, a Senate that is supposed to represent Nigerians failed in their responsibility to amplify the question about the whereabout of such huge amount of money simply because the question was raised by an arch enemy called Rotimi Amechi. Pity! Real pity!!

    • NwaIgbo

      That’s all, it’s all about Amechi stepping on criminal toes with mouths watering to share 30 billion naira. The thiefry senate has no problem passing the bill in 10 seconds. That’s what they do best.
      Give my company 10 billion naira we will pay for the land and put up a structure that will rival US Naval Academy.

      • Burbank

        Gbam.

  • USMAN INUWA La’u

    “hub of manpower development in the Maritime sector” my question here is does Nigeria government knew what “Manpower is” at all?

  • Man_Enough

    Any facility that is located in the South-South we should work close to developing it. I don’t care the circumstances under which you are placed.” This statement by Ibe Kachikwu has rendered the whole issue parochial and inferior. His only reason for supporting the establishment of the institution is selfishness.

    • emmanuel

      He is a public servant and representative of his people. If he does not serve his peoples interest, then he is acursed.
      Oluremi ask that Lagos be given a special statu and was thrown out by the Senate because that was unreasonable. I recalled you called the Senators corrupt for not supporting a parochial request. You Yorubas have failed already and no one will support you to undo themselves except a Rotimi in Port Harcourt.
      Is your tribe an evil tribe that wants all and non for others.
      Parochial ni?

      • Man_Enough

        Kachikwu is a minister of the federal republic of Nigeria; not a senator or house of reps member.

      • Dipo

        It is not about Yoruba or any tribe, everyone is entitled to his own opinion. Even some Yoruba are supporting the bill. Pls Let us not always trivialised issue. The main thing is that it had passed the second reading

  • NwaIgbo

    The cost of building anything in Nigeria is 10 times more than in other places. Why, Why? Compare the prices of the roads, airports and other critical infrastructures built in Nigeria with those built else as to their durability, costs, presentation and utilities, ours come miserably short.
    I am with Minister Amechi on this one. If land alone wallops 13 billion naira, how much will the entire Maritime University cost?
    Haba Nigerians we steal too much, we even steal to hurt ourselves. When shall we change?