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Benin varsity receives new hostel

20 March 2014, 08:35Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Delta State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, has commissioned a block of hostel built by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) at the University of Benin.

He assured the students that President Goodluck Jonathan's administration, state governors and stakeholders were working to create job opportunities for graduates.

The Delta Governor decried what job seekers experienced during the last recruitment exercise by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), as sad incident.

He noted that issue of unemployment was a challenge all over the world.

Uduaghan emphasized that those in authority in the country were committed to creating job opportunities, asserting that job seekers would not gather at a stadium again because of job interview.

This was in reference to the about 20 youth who died during a NIS recruitment exercise.

He also stated that the hostel built and donated to the University by the NDDC was a clear sign that the lost glory of the university was being restored.

The governor, who disclosed that funds had been released for students’ bursary and scholarship programmes for Deltans who made First Class in the university, also used the occasion to charge students not to engage in cult-related activities.

“I have not seen any student belonging to cult that made a First Class in the University,” he said.

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the NDDC, Bassey Dan-Abia, said the hostel was one out of the 19 university hostel projects the commission was executing across the nine states of the Niger Delta.

“It is my firm belief and conviction that with the provision of this 174-room, 696-bed, state-of-the-art hostel, we would have contributed immensely to easing the over-crowding of hostels witnessed by our children in this ivory tower and increased the students' access to decent accommodation in this university campus.”

The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of the University, Senator Effiong Dickson-Mbong observed that the commission had fulfilled its mandate as an interventionist agency.

– CAJ News

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