The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), on Thursday, commissioned a 1,050 bed space Prototype Hostel at the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom.
This prototype university hostel consists of 1,050 bed spaces, 525 each for males and females, and is furnished to meet the needs of a university student.
The ultra-modern complex also boasts of significant hard and soft infrastructure to ensure its sustainability and durability.
In his virtual address monitored at the ceremony, President Muhammadu Buhari decried the level of corruption in the commission, saying this had denied many students needed infrastructure.
The President vowed to recover every recoverable kobo from the recently concluded forensic audit of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), adding that the ultramodern hostel complex marked a feat achieved by the NDDC.
“This ultramodern hostel complex, built and donated to the University of Uyo by NDDC, renews our confidence that the forensic audit, which has been completed and currently being reviewed for necessary action, had achieved one of its core objectives.
“That objective is to rebuild the NDDC into an agency that is well equipped and better placed to facilitate sustainable regional development in a transparent and impactful way.
“Across many of our public universities and institutions of higher learning our children face accommodation challenges. While private investors are taking advantage of this gap to provide accommodation, unfortunately this often harshly tasks the resources of parents and guardians.
President Buhari who regretted that a special development fund meant for the good of the entire region was squandered by a few for more than 20 years, leaving many in penury, vowed to ensure that those found culpable are made to face the law.
“The completion of this structure is equally in recognition of the importance government attaches to providing quality housing and improved education for all Nigerians
” Significant part of this success story is that it could easily not have happened. The contract for this hostel was awarded as far back as 2004. It was one of many projects abandoned across the Niger Delta region, but which I directed the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, to expeditiously complete and put to use.
“The Niger Delta Development Commission needs to demonstrate that it can achieve the objectives it was conceived for and make its impact felt all over the Niger Delta Region. The lives of the people of the Niger Delta could be so much better, if the funding received by this commission since its inception, in Billions of Naira over the last 20 years, have been judiciously deployed in service of the people”. He said
Earlier, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for keeping to his promise of making the Niger saying, “We are today commissioning one of the projects hitherto abandoned by subsequent administrations. President Buhari’s commitment to bringing positive changes to the Niger Delta region has led to the commissioning of abandoned projects all over the region.
In his welcome address, Sole Administrator of the NDDC, Dr Efiong Akwa, charged the students and the institution’s management to ensure that the facility is optimally maintained for longevity. Saying, ” Let me also urge the students who will live here and use the facilities with understanding of the sacrifices made by all, particularly by government, to provide them with a better living and learning environment.
“My dear students, let me call on all of you to do all that must be done to maintain this hostel complex. Own it. Make it yours. Be proud of it. Keep it well. Prove with this that you are, indeed, the promise and future of a better Niger Delta region for which the Niger Delta Development Commission was established.”