President Bola Tinubu has appointed the Amanyanabo of Twon Brass Kingdom of Bayelsa State, His Eminence, King Alfred Papapreye Diette-Spiff, Seriya II, as Chancellor of the Nigeria Maritime University.
Tinubu who was represented by the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, made the royal father the Chancellor of the University, located in Okerenkoko, Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State, during the maiden convocation ceremony of the University.
The appointment was part of the activities marking the institution’s maiden convocation ceremony on its campus.
As part of the convocation ceremony, the University conferred a Doctor of Philosophy in Education (Honoris Causa) on ex-militant leader, High Chief Oweizide Government Ekpemupolo, known as Tompolo, and a Doctor of Letters on King Alfred Papapreye Diette-Spiff, for their contributions to the growth and development of the institution.
Speaking shortly after his appointment as Chancellor, King Alfred Papapreye Diette-Spiff assured that he would ensure the transformation of NMU into a leading institution in the world.
However, President Tinubu in his address at the convocation ceremony, said he was aware of the university’s vision, which is to be the maritime institution of first choice for all those who seek to make a career in the maritime industry and to contribute towards the creation of employment and wealth in the highly competitive global maritime economy.
Tinubu expressed optimism that the institution would record great achievements in building the country’s capacity in maritime technology and business, in line with the global best practices that will place Nigeria on the list of the great maritime economies of the world.
“I am not unaware of the challenges and constraints that this university is currently contending with. Such challenges and constraints are not unusual during the early phases of the life of any institution. But I can assure you that this government will continue to do our best to ensure your needs,” Tinubu said.