By Ochuko Akuopha
OLEH—EX-MILITANTS, under the aegis of Justice Group, yesterday urged the Federal Government to commence the implementation of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, FUPRE, Act in the 2018 Appropriation Bill presently before the National Assembly.
Speaking with newsmen at Oleh, Isoko South Local Government Area, Delta State, Chairman of the group, self-styled ‘Gen’ David Owhegbe, stressed the need for the Federal Government to give prompt attention to the “Only Petroleum University in Nigeria to enable it actualise its mandate of training manpower for the oil and gas sector.”
He argued that the North-East Development Commission Act which he noted, was only recently accented to shortly after the President signed the FUPRE Bill into law, had been implemented and reflected in the 2018 budget with the sum of N45 billion .
Lamenting that FUPRE had never been given take-off grant by the Federal Government since its establishment, he noted that majority of the new federal universities had been given take-off grants of over N5 billion each.
While calling for the effective funding of the University, he said that the FUPRE Act, if implemented will also go a long way in helping ex-militants to acquire skills and degrees that will enable them fit into the country’s oil and gas sector.