Uyo - The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu clashed over the scrapping of the proposed Nigerian Maritime University, proposed for Okerenkoko, in Delta State, during a Town Hall meeting, held in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State Capital, on Monday
Both Ministers, aired their contrasting views on the university, which was initiated by former President, Goodluck Jonathan.
While fielding questions at the meeting, Amaechi said the present administration lacked the funds to continue with the university project.
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"My argument about Okerenkoko, is that land alone is N13 billion. If you give me N13 billion, I will buy the half of Lagos. That N13 billion has built the university already.”
He stated that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) should recover the N13 billion already paid for the land.
“What to do: let EFCC retrieve the money and release the money and we build the university. If they bring the N13 billion, I will build the university for them. That’s for land alone. I believe the Federal Government does not have money. When we have money, we can continue. The minister of petroleum has said he would look for the money. Minister, give me the money and we continue”.
Ameach’s argument was however, quickly countered by Kachikwu, who said he was in support of the project, and was greeted with a loud applause from the audience.
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- News 24