Barring last minutes change, academic activities would commence in earnest at the Nigerian Maritime University (NMU), Okerenkoko, Warri South-West Local Government Area, Delta State in mid-April 2018.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Engr. Prof. Ongoebi Maureen Etebu disclosed this at the weekend after the finalization of recruitment exercise into various cadets of the institution.
BigPen Online learnt that already 1,300 prospective academic staff who were shortlisted from over 6,000 applications, were interviewed for recruitment, at the weekend at the Kurutie take-off campus of NMU, Okerenkoko.
Prof. Etebu, who confirmed this while speaking to newsmen, said that 17 panelists who are dons drawn from various universities in the country conducted the interview at Kurutie with a representative of the Federal Character Commission (FCC) Mr. Owojaiye Samson being on ground to ensure national distribution in the eventual recruitments.
Deputy Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Chiedu Mafiana, who was at Kurutie also supervised the exercise.
Speaking on the exercise, Mafiana said, “We are here to see the smooth conduct of the interview of prospective academic staff for the take-off of the Maritime University, Okerenkoko, which the Federal Government (FG) has directed”.
He added: “I am delighted that despite the riverine nature of the environment, people from across the nation indicated interest and came for interview in bid to contribute their quota to the advancement of education”.
The Vice Chancellor who stressed that academic session will commence mid-April said: “We are 100% set for the take-off of academic activities.
“The FG has graciously given us funds and all facilities are in place. We don’t have any challenges thus far. The FG is solidly behind us, so we are good to commence academic activities”.
Prof. Etebu, who thanked JAMB for one week extension to enable the Maritime University Okerenkoko send its students admission list, appreciated the Federal Government for approving the institution which she said will establish foundation/open up the area and Nigeria, for growth, economically and in all ramifications.