NDDC to commission 1,000-bed hostel in UNIUYO
Dennis Naku, Port Harcourt
20 July 2021
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The Interim Administrator of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Mr. Efiong Akwa, has assured that the 1,000-bed space hostel at the permanent site of the University of Uyo will be completed and commissioned in two weeks.
Akwa spoke during a courtesy visit to the Vice Chancellor of UNIUYO, Professor Nyakudo Ndaeyo, at the Senate Chambers of the University.
NDDC director, corporate affairs, Dr. Ibitoye Abosede disclosed this in a statement issued in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Monday.
The statement said the geature was NDDC’s commitment to the completion of the students’ hostel following a directive from President Muhammadu Buhari through the Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio to ensure the completion of projects in the Niger Delta which touches on the lives of the people there.
“The 1,000 bed students hostel being built will be a first of it’s kind in the region. It will have 500 bed spaces for male undergraduates and 500 bed spaces for female undergraduates and will include recreational spaces as well,” the NDDC boss said.
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He noted that the university was playing a crucial role in the economy and lives of the people of Akwa Ibom State and the South-South region.
Akwa observed that in an era of Covid-19, it was necessary to assist universities to properly and comfortably accommodate students in order to ensure sufficient provision for social distancing in the hostels.
He said that the project had reached 95 per cent completion, leaving only external works and landscaping.
The Vice Chancellor of UNIUYO, Prof. Nyaudoh Ndaeyo, said the hostel will ease the pressure of accommodation in the institution.
He commended the Interim Administrator for reviewing NDDC’s policy regarding foreign post-graduate scholarship, saying the previous system where the agency sponsored students on foreign scholarships for post graduate studies was not sustainable