The Maritime University in Okerenkoko, Delta State, has been granted approval by the National Universities Commission (NUC) to commence undergraduate degree programmes effective from the 2017/2018 academic session.
This was contained in a statement on Wednesday by Laolu Akande, media aide to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
He said the NUC approved that academic activities commence in three faculties namely; Transport, Engineering and Environmental Management.
The Faculty of Transport has four departments, namely: Nautical Science, Transport Logistics Management, Marine Economics and Finance, and Port Management.
The Faculty of Engineering has five departments – Marine Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Petroleum and Gas Engineering, and the Faculty of Environmental Management has four departments: Environmental Management and Pollution, Meteorology and Climate Change, Fisheries and Aquaculture, and Marine Geology.
The statement noted that the Maritime University will get all privileges accorded to other federal universities.
President Muhammadu Buhari had approved an increase in the take-off grant allocated to the university from the N2bn earlier announced to N5bn.
The sum was included in the 2018 budget presented to the National Assembly in November 2017.
Similarly, an additional N1bn was approved by the President to support essential infrastructure works and staff recruitment in the university.