The Nigerian Maritime University in the Niger delta region will be opened before the end of 2017, a government official has said.

This is coming a day after the Senate passed a bill that will back the the establishment of a Maritime University in Delta State.

In 2012, the university project was conceived by the Goodluck Jonathan’s administration and an area of land was mapped out for it in Okerenkoko in Warri South-West Local Government Area.

The foundation was laid by former president Jonathan in 2014, but since then the project has been abandoned, with controversies over its establishment.

A statement on Friday announcing the resumption of activities by Mr Laolu Akande, a spokesman for the vice president, said the directive was in clear effort to further the Niger Delta New Vision policy of the Buhari administration.

Recently the presidency has had different levels of interactive engagements with the Niger Delta oil producing communities and the reopening of the university is a follow-up actions to the meetings, the presidency said.

The re-opening of the Maritime University to the Ministry of Education is to be coordinated by a 5-man inter-agency Committee headed by the Minister of Education.

Other members of the Committee will come from the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, National Universities Commission, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency and the office of the Deputy Governor of Delta State.

The Committee is to finalise the ongoing processes towards the opening of the Nigeria Maritime University in the 2017/2018 Academic Session.

Members of the committee will also work collaboratively with the current Principal Officers and the Governing Council of the institution.