Tuesday 28th March, 2017
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Complete maritime varsity, Gbaramatu king tells FG

Complete maritime varsity, Gbaramatu king tells FG

The king of Gbara­matu kingdom in Delta State, Chief Godspower Gbenekama, has appealed to the Feder­al Government to remove all restraints blocking the commencement of aca­demic activities in the Ni­geria Maritime University, Okerenkoko.
Gbenekama made this plea when the Vice Pres­ident, Prof Yomi Osinba­jo paid him a courtesy vis­it in Oporoza, capital of Gbaramatu kingdom, in Delta State, recently.
He also noted that a visit to Kurutie, the take-off site of the Nigerian Maritime University would reveal a campus that can compete in infrastructure with oth­er institutions in the world.
The traditional ruler, who frowned at the persis­tent occupation of Gbara­matu by security forces, noted that under the guise of search of oil facility van­dals, oil thieves and other criminals, the Nigeria mil­itary has become an army of occupation, committing serial invasions of Gbara­matu Kingdom.
He said the consequenc­es have been the loss of sev­eral lives and property and huge humanitarian cri­sis, noting that Gbarama­tu Kingdom is not at war with the Federal Govern­ment to warrant military occupation, incessant ha­rassment and detention of its citizens.
Chief Gbenekama ex­pressed hope that the visit will pave way for demilita­risation of the area for gen­uine and result-oriented dialogue stressing that the entire Niger Delta region has embraced dialogue as symbolised by mandates given to Pan Niger Del­ta Forum (PANDEF) who could pan out ways where the people would be in­volved in protecting the oil resources that also ben­efits them.
He restated that instead of proliferation of military forces, the government should ‘overrun’ Gbarama­tu with schools to encour­age holistic development of the oil-rich region.

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