The Delta State University (DELSU), Abraka campus now has a 176-room modern hostel, two large lecture halls, a business education centre and staff offices, built by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). The projects, which have all been completed, would be commissioned next month.
The acting Managing Director of the NDDC, Dr Christy Atako, who inspected the facilities yesterday, said that the commission’s intervention in the education sector was holistic as it did not end with providing physical infrastructure. “We have been giving post-graduate scholarships as well as partnering with relevant institutions to raise the quality of education in the Niger Delta,” she said.
She further said that the commission placed a lot of emphasis on education because of its inherent value in societal development, noting that it was important to provide adequate accommodation to enhance the learning process.
The Registrar of DELSU, Mr. Ejiroghene Udjo, said that the university authorities lacked words to express their appreciation to the NDDC for providing critical infrastructure for the university, noting that lack of facilities often led to students’ unrest in universities.
Mr. Udjo said that the NDDC hostel came as a big relief as the accommodation facilities for students at the Abraka campus was already stretched to the limit. “Before now, we could only accommodate 4,500 students in this campus. But with the new NDDC hostel, our carrying capacity will increase to about 5,200.” He said.
The acting MD of NDDC had earlier addressed staff of the commission at the Delta State office in Warri. She charged them to brace up for a new wave of change in the commission by etching the vision and mission of the interventionist agency in their hearts
She said: “Let us join hands to rebuild NDDC and take it to a new glorious level. We must say no to the negative image being given to the commission. We must have a dream for a better NDDC.”