The Federal Government on Thursday, today 30th December inaugurates a 1,050-bed space hostel at the University of Uyo in Akwa Ibom to address the lack of adequate accommodation in the school.
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, represented the president.
Akpabio said that out of the number, 50 would be for people living with disabilities, adding that the same project would be replicated in all the Niger Delta states.
Earlier today, President Muhammadu Buhari commissioned a 1,050 Bed Space Hostel built by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) for students of the University of Uyo.
This is the biggest single hostel facility ever built in the University for more than 30 years of its existence.
It is worthy of note that the project started the same period with the hostel facility in Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike and two other locations.
For near ten years Students of MOUA-Umudike have been enjoying similar facility which was completed based on the project’s Earliest Finish Time (EFT) and handed to the varsity.
We have asked several questions as regards the hostel facility in UNIUYO and why it took so long to be completed, considering the fact that others initiated same time had since been completed and put to use. The blame game was always top of the agenda.
I am extremely happy and with a deep sense of satisfaction that this project is a reality. Many thanks to the current leadership of the NDDC under Barr. Effiong Akwa and Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs headed by Senator Godswill Akpabio for pulling this through.
In that same spirit, i humbly plead with the leadership of the NDDC and our uncommon Minister to also extend similar gesture to the AKSU Teaching Hospital project awarded by the NDDC (still at first floor) abandoned for years now.
Politics should be brushed aside, we need more of such collaborative efforts to attract development to our people.
We deserve better considering what the commission (NDDC) has done over the years in sister institutions like Rivers State University – Rivers, Niger Delta University (NDU) – Bayelsa, Delta State University and the likes.
The Impact of the NDDC should be felt in tertiary institutions across Akwa Ibom, but the authorities must also be ready to open up and let the commission know areas they can collaborate to provide more convenient environment for learning and research.