A huge burden has been lifted at the University of Benin, UNIBEN, as students who have been experiencing accommodation difficulties on campus now have access to a 696-bed, modern hostel built and delivered by the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.
The commissioning and handing over of the hostel turned the Ugbowo campus of the UNIBEN into a carnival ground, at which key officers of the university community acknowledged NDDC's gesture as worthwhile, amidst intermittent drumming and singing by a large crowd of students.
The UNIBEN Pro-Chancellor and Governing Council Chairman, Senator Bob Effiong, commended NDDC for fulfilling its mandate of intervening in circumstances as this. He said "I thank the NDDC for a job well done."
Speaking on the impact of the project, the President of the Student Union Government, SUG, Comrade Osifo Osasere Favour said "This will go a long way in solving accommodation problems in the school. We thank NDDC for this wonderful project."
Inaugurating the hostel project, the Executive Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, who is also the Chairman of the Advisory Council of NDDC, thanked NDDC for building the hostel. He said that NDDC, as an interventionist agency, has been doing a lot. "We are impressed by the work NDDC is doing. We will do all we can to enable NDDC get funds to do more."
Speaking earlier, the Chairman of the NDDC Governing Board, Senator Bassey Ewa-Henshaw, said "We are quite pleased to be in University of Benin today, to hand over this project to the students of this institution. This project is the second of these prototype hostel projects we are commissioning within our 100 days in office."
Noting that the commissioning of the hostel at UNIBEN shows how important the students and youths are to NDDC, Ewa-Henshaw said "We will pay special focus on students and youths."
Also speaking, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of NDDC, Sir Bassey Dan-Abia, said this present administration of NDDC is committed to pursuing the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan in developing human capital by continued commitment to improving access to quality education across the Niger Delta region.
Dan-Abia said "The provision of this 696-bed hostel by NDDC will contribute immensely to easing the overcrowding of hostels witnessed by our children and increase the students' access to decent accommodation in this campus."