Academic activities will resume next session on the Ngo campus of the Federal College of Fisheries and Marine Technology.
It should be recalled that the Federal Government, through the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria, recently granted tentative approval for the establishment of a college campus at Ngo, the seat of the Andoni Local Government Area. in Rivers State.
The approval was contained in a letter titled: “Interim Approval for Establishment of Federal College of Fisheries and Marine Technology, Ngo Campus in Andoni Rivers State Local Government Area”.
Speaking at a stakeholder meeting in Ngo on Wednesday, the executive secretary of the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria, Prof. Garba Hamidu Sharubutu said the council was satisfied with the facilities at the college’s Ngo campus.
He said normal academic activities would resume on campus from the next academic session.
Sharubutu congratulated the Member representing Andoni/Opobo/Nkoro Federal Constituency, Hon. Awajinombek Abiante, for his efforts in establishing the university campus in Ngo.
He said the institution would bring development to the community and improve its economic conditions.
The executive secretary also urged people to protect the facilities at the new campus.
Also speaking, the provost of the college, Dr Chuks Onuoha, said the campus, which is the only one in the south-south part of the country, would help the college train the huge manpower required in the fishing and marine technology.
Dr Onuoha said the campus would also help management save the cost of traveling ex-militants to the Lagos campus for training, as well as improve the skills of local fishermen in the area.
Onuoha also described the college as the premier fishing institute in the country, noting that since its inception in 1969, it has graduated people who dominate the fishing and maritime industry.
He said the college awards both OND and HND certificates.
Andoni Local Government Area Chairman, Barrister Erastus Awortu said the campus would put Andoni on the map when it comes to educational institutions.
“It will bring manpower and the oil companies will have no excuse for lack of manpower,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Member representing Andoni/Opobo/Nkoro Federal Constituency, Hon. Awajinombek Abiante, promised to pay the tuition fees of the first hundred students who will enroll in the college.
He said the campus being the first of its kind in the entire South-South would benefit not just Andonis but the entire South-South region.
He says he donated part of his property to facilitate the take-off of the college in Ngo.
Meanwhile, some groups in the local government area have praised the federal government for its endorsement.
The groups, which include the NGO Professionals Forum and Amango Youth Assembly, said the establishment of the new institute in Ngo would contribute to community development and entry into the local government area of Amango. Andoni.
The president of the NGO Professionals Forum, Monday Oboada, said the campus was long overdue, stressing that it corresponded to the aspirations of the people.
According to him, “without too many words, we all know the importance of education in the development of any society.
“The approval of the establishment of this divine institute in Ngo is a welcome and strategic development,” he said.
Monday said the campus would create educational opportunities for the sons and daughters of Ngo and Andoni.
He praised the Hon. Abiante, for having defended the establishment of the institution in Ngo.
Also speaking, Amango Youth Assembly Vice President Mr. Arong Brown said the campus would attract investors to the community.
He said, “The establishment of the Federal College of Fisheries Research and Marine Technology in the town of Ngo is a great achievement and it is unprecedented as its presence would attract investors in Nigeria and beyond for business purposes.
“It will attract the construction of roads and other social amenities to the area including lodges, hotels and hostels for students and business owners, especially those outside of Ngo and Andoni and Rivers State, and maybe from Nigeria.
“Furthermore, not only the economic activities of Ngo city will prosper, but those of its surroundings by more than 500%, which will bring Ngo and Andoni into the economic world.”
From: Jean Bibor