The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has commissioned and handed over a 174-room modern prototype hostel to the authorities of the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO), Imo State.
Cutting the tape to officially declare the facility open for the use of students, the Chairman of the NDDC Governing Board, Senator Bassey Ewa-Henshaw, stated that it was meant to provide a conducive learning environment for the academic community as well as the students to perform well in their studies.”
Senator Ewa-Henshaw, who led other members of the NDDC Governing Board, said that the Commission would step up its partnership with institutions of higher learning in the Niger Delta region for the advancement of teaching and learning as well as the training of students in science and technology which falls directly in line with the philosophy of the NDDC.
Speaking at the occasion, the NDDC Managing Director, Barrister Bassey Dan-Abia, added to the joy of the students and the University Management by announcing the approval of the request by the University for a 500 KVA Transformer and generator for the Hostel.
In his address at the occasion, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Chigozie Asiabaka thanked the interventionist agency for building a hostel for the University and also requested for more facilities. He stated that the NDDC had largely fulfilled its mandate of facilitating the rapid, even and sustainable development of the Niger Delta region by providing projects that significantly affect the lives of the people. He assured that the hostel would be put to good use to significantly alleviate the acute accommodation needs of the students.
The President of the Students’ Union Government, Comrade Godson Okereke, pointed out that the new hostel had given them cause to celebrate and thanked both the Federal Government and the NDDC. (FUTO)