Report reaching schoolwatch.com.ng news desk has it that the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), has built and donated a 696-bed, modern hostel to the University of Benin, Benin City.
This is contained in a press statement signed by the Head, Corporate Affairs, by the University, Ibitoye Abosede.
He said the commissioning and handing over of the hostel turned the Ugbowo campus of UNIBEN into a carnival ground, at which key officers of the university community acknowledged the NDDC’s gesture as worthwhile, amidst intermittent drumming and singing by a large crowd of students.
The UNIBEN Pro-Chancellor and Governing Council Chairman, Senator Effiong Bob, commended NDDC for fulfilling its mandate of intervening in circumstances as this.
He said: “I thank the NDDC for a job well done.”
Speaking on the impact of the project, the President of the Student Union Government (SUG), Osifo Osasere Favour, said: “This will go a long way in solving accommodation problems in the school. We thank NDDC for this wonderful project.”
Inaugurating the hostel project, the Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, who is also the Chairman of the Advisory Council of NDDC, thanked NDDC for building the hostel.
He said that NDDC, as an intervention is agency, has been doing a lot.
“We are impressed by the work NDDC is doing. We will do all we can to enable NDDC get funds to do more.”
Speaking earlier, the Chairman of the NDDC Governing Board, Senator Bassey Ewa-Henshaw said: “We are quite pleased to be in the University of Benin today, to hand over this project to the students of this institution. This project is the second of these prototype hostel projects we are commissioning within our 100 days in office.”
Noting that the commissioning of the hostel at UNIBEN shows how important the students and youths are to NDDC, Ewa-Henshaw said: “We will pay special attention to students and youths.”
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of NDDC, Sir Bassey Dan-Abia, said: “The provision of this 696-bed hostel by NDDC will contribute immensely to easing the overcrowding of hostels witnessed by our children and increase the students’ access to decent accommodation on this campus.”
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