Abuja - More than 600 post graduates in the region have benefited from scholarships provided by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDCC).
Acting Managing Director of the Commission, Dr Christy Atako, disclosed the plans following a courtesy visit by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar (UNICAL), Prof. James Epoke.
“We have so far given 610 post-graduate scholarships in science disciplines to Niger Delta students,” she said.
The official added that NDDC planned to provide research grants to lecturers in the region to enhance the quality of education.
Atako said NDDC had made adequate provisions in the 2013 budget to fund the research activities of the lecturers.
She stated that the commission was determined to provide the necessary support to elevate the quality of education in the country.
“Education is a critical component of development and the Commission has placed a lot of emphasis on the sector to underscore its inherent value in societal growth,” said Atako.
She assured the UNICAL Vice Chancellor that the hostel project being executed by the NDDC in the university would be fast-tracked to ensure that it was completed as soon as possible.
Out of the 19 hostels being built by the Commission in universities and polytechnics across the Niger Delta, five had been completed, while six others were nearing completion.
She meanwhile pledged NDDC’s commitment to assist UNICAL to enable it host the West African University Games scheduled to take place next year.
Epoke had requested the assistance of the NDDC in the area of sports and academic development in the university.
Former President Olusegun Obansanjo established NDCC in 2000 with the sole mandate of developing the oil-rich Niger Delta.
– CAJ News