By ETIM ETIM
As part of its interventions in the education sector, NDDC has announced a donation of two brand new 1000-capacity hostel blocks to the University of Uyo, even as the agency said it’s also considering a request from the university for the construction of all its internal roads and provision of power turbines.
The two hostels are to be shared 500 beds apiece between male and female students, and will have a dedicated power plant, lawn tennis courts, TV rooms with large-screen TVs and WIFI internet connection.
Additionally, the hostels will have solar-powered lightings around them.
Speaking during a visit to the Vice Chancellor, Prof Nyaudo Ndaeyo in his office recently, the Interim Administrator & Chief Executive of NDDC, Barr. Efiong Akwa announced that the hostel project would be completed in two months, assuring that President Muhammadu Buhari would be invited to commission it.
Akwa commended the Niger Delta Minister, Senator Godswill Akpabio for his help in pushing for the completion of the project, noting that similar facilities would also be provided for other universities in the region.
“Our ‘uncommon minister’, Senator Akpabio has been very creative and proactive in pushing us to achieve a lot since we came into office in December,’’ Akwa stressed, informing that Prof. Ndaeyo had visited him (Akwa) shortly after he was named the new VC last November to request for the agency’s assistance in provision of infrastructures in UNIUYO.
In his response, Prof Ndaeyo thanked NDDC management led by Barr Akwa for the visit and the gift of the hostel, requesting, like the proverbial Oliver Twist, for more facilities for the university.
Other members of the university management at the meeting were DVC (academics), Prof A P Udo; DVC (admin), Prof Enoidem Usoro; Mr Aniediabasi Essien, Registrar; Mr. Imo Maxwell, Bursar and Prof (Mrs.) Ahiaoma Ibegwam (Librarian).
AbeyaNews reports that construction of the hostel project started some 15 years ago, but was delayed for various reasons, one of which was poor location, which took a long time to rectified, leading to the relocation of the project to the current site.
“But it was not until Efiong Akwa assumed office as NDDC interim administrator and ably supervised by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Akpabio that construction of the project gathered substantial impetus again,” sources told AbeyaNews.
It was also learnt that in the last few months and in order to monitor the project to ensure its prompt completion, Akwa that Akwa took it upon himself to be visiting the site every Sunday evening and also instructed the State Director of NDDC, Engr Obot Udoette, to be at the sight every day.
This is not the first time NDDC has assisted UniUyo with projects.
Indeed, a 1000-capacity hall named after the first chairman of NDDC, Mr Onyema Ugochukwu, was donated by the agency over 15 years ago.
The entrance road into the campus was constructed by the agency, which also provided the solar-powered street lighting three years ago.