Two blocks of 52 room modern hostels built by the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, at the Federal College of Education, Technical Omoku in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State will soon be handed over to the school authorities for the use of the students.
The completed hostel were inspected by some members of the NDDC governing board led by the Executive Director Projects, Engr. Tuoyo Omatsuli, with the representative of Rivers state, Chief Ephraim Sobere Etete and Engr Etim Enyang, the Akwa Ibom state representative in attendance.
Addressing newsmen after the inspection of the hostel complex at the college permanent site at Omoku, Engr Omatsuli commended the contractor handling the project for doing a good job and completing the hostels within the stipulated time.
“I am impressed that the contractor surmounted various challenges, including design problems, and completed the project with just the mobilization payment. We will surely encourage other contractors to work with such zeal and commitment.” He said.
The Executive Director noted that the hostel project had thrown up some technical challenges, which the NDDC will promptly address, to ensure that similar projects being handled by the Commission were not hampered in the future. He therefore directed all NDDC contractors to liaise with the state offices of the commission in order to eliminate the bureaucratic bottlenecks, and facilitate the proper supervision of projects.
According to him “we do not want a situation where the state offices do not even know the project site where the contractors are working. Let the state offices handled the contractors problem and if there is any area where the contractors need the intervention of the headquarters, we will surely deal with all issues affecting the contractors through the state offices.
Speaking at the project site, Chief Ephraim Etete expressed delight at the good quality of work done at the hostels and that student of the tertiary institutions deserved better and comfortable accommodation to boost effective learning.
It would be recalled that the NDDC is building 176 room prototype hostels in nineteen Universities in the Niger Delta region.