A statement by his (VP) Senior Special Assistant on Media and publicity, Laolu Akande, said it was one of the highlights of the meeting of the Niger Delta Inter-Ministerial Committee on Friday.
The meeting held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja which was chaired by the Vice President, when he received reports of ongoing development projects being implemented in the region.
The statement said a total of 196 students have so far been accepted into the University to commence their academic programmes, while 76 applications still pending, in view the Buhari administration’s New Vision for Niger Delta.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari had approved an increase in the take-off grant allocated to the University from the N2bn earlier announced to N5bn. The figure was included in the 2018 budget presented to the National Assembly in November 2017.
“An additional One billion Naira was approved by the President to support essential infrastructure works and staff recruitment in the University in November 2017.
“The Delta State government has also donated two 500KVA generators to the University. The Maritime University was recently granted approval in January by the National Universities Commission (NUC) to commence undergraduate degree programmes effective from the 2017/2018 academic session.”
On its part, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) had listed the University in its Central Admissions Processing System on January 24, 2018, while interviews for academic staff positions were conducted between 1st and 2nd of March 2018.
Similarly, the National Universities Commission (NUC) had approved that academic activities commence in three faculties namely: Transport, Engineering and Environmental Management, with a combined total of 13 departments with various specializations – from Marine Engineering, Marine Economics to Climate Change, Fisheries and Aquaculture.
Sequel to the commencement of operations in 2017, the university had invited job applications for academic staff with advert placement in major national dailies.