Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria
Save Nigeria Group, SNG, based in Warri, Delta state has urged the Federal Government not to cancel the Nigerian Maritime University as a means of punishment to those who have allegedly embezzled public funds because the university does not belong to those people, neither does it bear their name.
The group said the Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko, should be reinstated as it is a known fact that the main aim and purpose of government is to serve in the best interest of its people.
The group noted that if there are misgivings or irregularities in the award of contracts to the building of the university, the government is well informed in devising means to correct such irregularities.
According to the SNG, cancelling the University as a means to restore lost funds allegedly siphoned by some persons or institutions does not in any way serve the general public interest, especially the people of the Niger-Delta.
SNG in a statement signed by Jacob Abai, national coordinator and Fiyebo Eperetei, national spokesman, stated that “As a matter of national interest, at this period of dwindling national economy, it will be a waste of national revenue and tax payers’ money to abandon this project considering the volume of our national wealth that has already been invested in it.
“We believe that the cancellation of the university will make no economic value or serve as no deterrent to corruption, neither will it serve as a weapon of punishment to any accused person.
“Establishing a university in a rural community of Niger-Delta was first suggested by host community leaders during the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo in one of the meetings that gave birth to the present Oil Producing Areas Development Commission and was finally achieved during the immediate past administration of President Goodluck Jonathan …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper