Caribbean Maritime University Team Visits Okerenkoko, Finalises Partnership Deal With Maritime University:

Sylva and guests

…Delegation to meet with vice president Osibanjo

By Piriye Kiyaramo

President of the Caribbean Maritime University, Prof. Pritz Pinnock, has hinted on plans to formalize signing of Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) between the Nigerian Maritime University Okerenkoko and the Caribbean Maritime University, Jamaica.

Prof. Pritz Pinnock, accompanied by Prof Ibrahim Ajagunna and other leading Maritime figures from the Americas, was led by the Governing Council Chairman of the newly established Nigerian Maritime University Okerenkoko, Chief Timipre Sylva, on Monday to the school in Okerenkoko, Delta State, affirmed the commitment of the Caribbean Maritime University Jamaica, to partner their Nigerian counterpart, informing that, “We have passed the negotiation stage, we are now partners because we have common interests”.

Prof. Pritz Pinnock, offered exchange programs and high data technical support, amongst others to the Nigerian Maritime University, Okorankoko.

In his speech, Chief Sylva said, “I saw enthusiasm and eagerness in the students and staff of this University, which is a very good thing. We are on course. With the help of our Caribbean friends here to develop an international curriculum”.

A statement from the Media Assistant to Chief Timipre Sylva, Julius Bokoru and made available to The Blue Economy Magazine Online,  Chief Sylva was quoted, emphasizing that “the Federal Government’s commitment and passion towards the University was not negotiable”, adding that “The Federal Government of Nigeria takes you (The Maritime University) very seriously”.

Earlier in her welcome remark, Vice Chancellor of the Nigerian Maritime University Okorankoko, Prof Maureen Etebu, had stressed the strategic importance of the visit of her Jamaican counterparts from the Caribbean Maritime University, describing the maiden visit as a ‘dream come true’.

Prof Etebu further noted the significance of the growth of the university within a short time, just as she hailed the visionary leadership of the Governing Council Chairman, Chief Timipre Sylva for his foresight.

The team is scheduled to meet with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and other top government functionaries within the week to formalize the signing of an MoU between the Nigerian Maritime University Okerenkoko and the Caribbean Maritime University, Jamaica.

High point of the visit of the Caribbean team was the donation of books, manuals and unveiling of scholarship packages for some students.

The Nigerian Maritime University Okerenkoko, is the first of its kind in the country, positioned to put Nigeria on the path of realizing her Maritime potentials. 
Established in 2017, the University kicked off on the 12th of April, this year, with Chief Timipre Sylva as the pioneer Governing Council Chairman.