By Gab Ejuwa
National Association of Itsekiri Students, NAIS, has called on the Presidency and the National Assembly to urgently do what is necessary for the take- off of the Nigerian Maritime University by changing the name of the location from Okerenkoko to that of the original owner of the land, Okerenghigho.
The students’ group in a statement by its National President, Esimaje Ejueyitsi, noted that the call for the quick take-off of the institution was because it will help train and educate people of the locality, Nigerians and foreigners who intend to acquire training in the different programmes the institution will be offering.
This came as Executive Chairman of Egbema and Gbaramatu Communities Development Foundation, EGCDF, Mr Jude Ukori stated that the recent call for the name Okerenghigho as the host community to the maritime university instead of Okorenkoko, was aimed at frustrating the establishment of the university in the area.
Ukori, who stated this at his office in Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State, said right from the amalgamation of the country in 1914 to the present day, there has been no place called Okerenghigho in the maps of the region.