Press Release: Imo Begins Construction Of Marine University

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…Budgets N2.5 Billion for first phase

The government of Imo state has commenced the construction of the

first ever Marine University in Africa at Ose-Moto, Oguta local


government area of the state.

The state governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha who addressed newsmen

shortly after inspecting the site, said that with the issue land now

settled, work would soon commence.

Governor Okorocha said that the university will be the first of its

kind in Africa and would be of benefit to the community, Imo state and

by extension Nigeria.

The Governor revealed that the first phase of the project will cost

about N2.5 Billion which include the construction of the perimeter

fence, landscaping, administrative blocks, class rooms and hostels.

He also said that Imo State Oil Producing Development Commission

(ISOPADEC) that is funding the project has enough funds in its coffers

to complete the project, assuring that the university will be ready to

admit its first set of students in the next two years.

The governor further explained that the state government is

collaborating with Korean Marine University after ISOPADEC

board visited institution to understudy its programmes.

Governor Okorocha commended people of Ose-Moto community for donating

their land for the university close to the river and the site of

federal government sea port and a naval base project which he noted

would be of great advantage to the institution.

Also speaking, Dr. Henry Uzor Okafor, the Managing Director of

ISOPADEC, collaborated that the commission has financial capacity to

complete the first phase of the project which would cost about N2.5

Billion in a swoop.

He expressed appreciation to the governor for giving approval of the

site stressing that Ose-Moto people are eager to see the project

succeed having donated their land for the university and to the

federal government for the naval base and sea port.

He averred that the project, when completed will benefit the oil

producing areas of Ohaji Egbema and Oguta LGA in areas of employment

as well as provide opportunities for the youths in the area to acquire

university education that can guarantee them employment in the oil

companies that operate in the state.

Mbisike N.C

Government House Press

June 17, 2013

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