At the Federal government town-hall event meeting in Akwa Ibom state
yesterday June 13th, Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi and the
Minister of state for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, disagreed over
the development of the Maritime University in Okerenkeko, Delta State.
According to investigations by the EFCC, the land for the proposed
University, valued at N13 billion and was sold by ex militant leader,
Tompolo to the federal government.
At the meeting, Amaechi told the gathering that he is
not opposed to developing the Maritime University but that N13 billion
used for the purchase of the land for the university must be retrieved.
“I am not against the University. I hope you people appreciate that. My
argument about Okerenkoko is that the land alone is N13 billion. If you
give me N13 billion I will buy half of Lagos. That N13 billion has built
the university already so there is no need to spend more money. Let
EFCC retrieve the money from them and then release them and we would
build the University. I believe the Federal government has no money to
continue. When we have money we would continue. The Minister of state
for Petroleum has whispered to me that he would look for the money to
continue…Minister, bring it to me and I will continue”he said
When it was time for Kachikwu to speak, he disagreed politely with Amaechi. He said;
“First let me say on Maritime University, I disagree with the minister
of transport. Any facility that is placed in the south south, we should
work towards developing it. I don’t care the circumstances under which
we are placed… It is not my position to determine whether land was
valued at N19 billion or N10 billion or N3 billion. The appropriate
institutions which are the court systems will determine that. That has
nothing to do with the development of the infrastructure. As far as I
know, so much has gone into that property. So much fiscal assets are
being developed. We are not going to throw the baby with the bath water.
We will deal with the issues but the University will be developed. If
he doesn’t want it in maritime, I will take it to petroleum” he said