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‘Petroleum varsity in Kaduna, downgrading PTI provocative’

By tina Akannam
Dutse — A retired military officer and former sector commander of the FRSC in Kano, Captain Mohammed Danlami Garba has described the proposed establishment of Federal University of Petroleum Resources in Kaduna State and the downgrading of Petroleum Training Institute in Effurun, Delta State as provocative, saying the decision will generate unnecessary controversy.

Retired Captain Garba, who made this observation in Dutse, yesterday, blamed the Minister of Petroleum, Dr. Rilwanu Lukman, for not giving the Federal Govern-ment sincere advice on the proper place to site such a university in the first place.

According to him, “in the interest of fairness and peace, such an important university should be sited in one of the states in the oil producing area if govern-ment does not have the intention to upgrade the existing PTI institute in Delta State.

With due respect to the Minister of Petroleum, I feel suggestion of the site of the university in his home state is selfish.”
and not in the interest of the nation. For instance, will it be proper to establish an institute of groundnut research in the south while the north is known to be the hub of groundnut production”?

He then urged the federal government to reconsider its decision to site the university in Kaduna and choose a state in the oil producing region in the interest of national unity, which the present administration is advocating for.

On the proposed amnesty package for Niger delta militants, he said it should be supported by all peace loving Nigerians, noting that it is very important for peace to be restored in the Niger delta region.

He then advised the federal government to ensure that militant leaders and stakeholders have a clear picture of what government intends to do after the deadline given to the militants.

The retired military officer also called on Nigerians making unguarded statements concerning the unfortunate happening in the Niger Delta region to desist from inflaming the situation which government is trying hard to address holistically.


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