Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has donated the state-owned Marine University under Construction at Ossemotor in Oguta LGA, Imo State to the Nigeria Navy. He maintained that the university would be very useful to the Naval Command and to the Society at large.
The governor announced the donation when the committee set up by the Chief of Naval Staff on the New Naval Base in Ossemotor, Oguta LGA, paid him a courtesy call yesterday.
He also stated that the government had earlier donated the 200-bed capacity General Hospital at Ngor-Okpala to the Navy.
According to Okorocha, “we have donated the 200-bed ultra-modern hospital at Ngor-Okpala because we know that Navy is a disciplined force and will probably run the best military hospital in the state which will be of great importance to Imo people.
“We have equally donated to you the Marine University which is under construction at Oguta. The Marine University has the most beautiful location for the Navy. We have started this project as Marine University but we believe that the proper institution to handle it with the naval base should be the Nigeria Navy. We have donated the land and undertake to complete the ongoing project which has the capacity of taking about 1000 students or a thousand officers when completed.
“We are now waiting for you to come immediately as this government does not take the tranquilizing drug of protocol and gradualism. As soon you commence, the contractors will return to site to complete the project.”
Governor Okorocha further said that the Navy coming to Oguta will help in developing the waterway from Oguta to Lagos thus helping tourism to flourish in the area with Oguta Lake which he noted would soon be given a facelift, adding that it will equally make the area secured. This will help the state to tap its tourism potentials to the fullest in the area.”
Earlier in his speech, Commodore Obenta who led the committee expressed the Chief of Naval Staff’s gratitude and appreciation for the government and good people of Imo State for the donation of the land at Oguta and the ultra-modern hospital at Ngor-Okpala.