Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has said the state will establish a department for marine studies at the Ondo State University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa (OSUSTECH).
He said the establishment of the department will facilitate building of ships and training of engineers.
Akeredolu was speaking when he received a delegation from Nigerian Maritime Administrative and Safety Agency, NIMASA in his office in Akure.
Akeredolu pledged that the state will partner NIMASA in making the waterways safe.
“Our coastal line is the longest, and no doubt, it should be your concern. It’s good that you have looked at our coastal area and have seen for yourselves the level of decadence.
“It is rather unfortunate. It is something unfortunate, not only in Ondo state but for Nigeria as a country. We don’t all have to travel by roads, we don’t all have to fly. What’s happening about the development of our waterways. It should be a source of concern to all of us.
“We are ready to partner you, we are ready to see what we can do about our waterways.
“I am happy about the fact that you have come, You have looked at our Oluwa River. As you said, the impact assessment report when it is done, we will receive it, then we can sit down with other stakeholders to see how we move.
“Talking about the study of maritime, we have OSUSTECH that’s a University of Technology. That time has come for us to have a proper department for the study of the maritime. We are ready for the building of ship and training of engineers,” Akeredolu said.
The head of the NIMASA delegation, Engr Rotimi Fashakin said the team was at Oluwa rivers to do impact assessment and look at the materials that constitute clogs in the maritime space.
“We came with a team to do impact assessment of the riverine area and we came to look at the materials that potentially constitute clogs in the maritime space
“We visited Oluwa rivers in Okitipupa and we tried to sensitize the people of the need to keep the marine environment pollution free because this will eventually have an effect on the entire marine environment and the Eco-System,” Fasakin said