Lagos – Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has warned the Federal Government on alleged plans by some officials within the presidency to divert the Nigerian Maritime University (NMU)’s dockyard from its permanent site in Okerenkoko, Delta State, to Lagos.
In a statement made available to DAILY INDEPENDENT on Monday, IYC referred to rumours that plans had been perfected to divert the university’s dockyard.
Pereotubo Oweilaemi, IYC president-general, in the statement, warned that the Federal Government would be making a costly mistake if it bowed to the wishes of those he termed “mischievous elements within the presidency”.
Oweilaemi maintained that it took President Muhammadu Buhari a lot of pains to achieve what he termed “the Pyrrhic victory of peace in the region”, adding that the alleged plot to transfer the dockyard to Lagos had been causing a fresh apprehension in the Niger Delta due to similar incidents in the past.
He said: “If there is any truth in the said rumour, then the Buhari government will be committing democratic suicide.”
Oweilaemi said the world would need to know that a dockyard, which was to be sited at Burutu town in Delta State, was diverted to Tin Can Island in Lagos in the 1980s.
“We have had so many ugly incidents of this nature.
“We do not want to believe that the rumour has any bearing with the truth. The Ijaw nation will resist any attempt to divert the Nigerian Maritime University dockyard from its permanent site, Okerenkoko, to any other place in this country.
“We will revolt against such provocative action by enemies of peace, even with the last drop of our blood. Never again will the Ijaw nation sleep over our rights.
“Those perfecting such regrettable moves should be wary of their actions because the entire country will stand to regret the consequences of this evil plan nurtured by agent provocateurs in Buhari government,” he stated.
Maintaining that such officials within the presidency had attempted to scrap the university, Oweilaemi stressed that the intention was to sabotage the genuine efforts of President Buhari towards the Niger Delta.
He added that the country was yet to fully recover from the economic crisis arising from the plot to scrap the institution.
“We urge Mr. President to fast-track the building of the permanent site, including speeding up work on the dockyard, which is already progressing at Okerenkoko, in Delta State.
“President Buhari should, by this timely alarm, investigate and fish out those elements in his government who are bent on thwarting his efforts. Whoever is found culpable of initiating this destructive plan should be appropriately sanctioned,” he said.
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