Owerri - The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has commissioned a 174-room modern prototype hostel at the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) in Imo State.
Speaking during the commissioning, Chairman of the NDDC Governing Board, Senator Bassey Ewa-Henshaw, said the hostel was meant to provide a conducive learning environment for the academic community and to ensure students perform well in their studies.
Henshaw said the commission would step up its partnership with institutions of higher learning in the Niger Delta region for the advancement of teaching and learning.
He noted that the training of students in science and technology fell in line with the philosophy of the commission.
Managing Director of the commission Bassey Dan-Abia, also announced the approval of the request by the University 500KVA Transformer and generator for the hostel.
“After consultation with other members of the board, approval has also been given for the installation of University 500KVA Transformer generator and burglary proofs for the hostel,” he said.
He said human capital development takes pride place in the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan.
“One of this administration’s policy for the development of education is the provision of infrastructure across all levels, so as to ease over-crowding of students and increase access to decent accommodation, in line with the millennium development goals,” said Dan-Abia.
Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Chigozie Asiabaka, said the commission had largely fulfilled its mandate of facilitating the rapid and sustainable development of the Niger Delta region by providing projects that significantly affect the lives of the people.
He thanked the interventionist agency for building a hostel for the university and requested for more facilities.
He assured the commission that the hostel would be put to good use to alleviate the acute accommodation needs of students.
– CAJ News
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