The Acting Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Dr Christy Atako said the commission has donated over 200 computer sets and 120 computer accessories to each of the polytechnics and colleges of education in the Niger Delta region respectively, besides the 19 prototype students hostel blocks being constructed by the NDDC across the region.
Dr Atako said this, when she paid a courtesy call to the Vice Chancellor of the Micheal Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike, Umahia, Professor Hillary Odo,.
“We have always believed that education is the bedrock of any development, there is no economy that can develop without the education sector that is why the Commission has been relentless in its intervention”.
According to the Acting MD “we talk a lot about our youths being leaders of tomorrow, what kind of leaders can we groom if we don’t provide a place for them to articulate their thoughts and enjoy the benefit of democracy so that they will believe in this country Nigeria”
Dr Mrs Atako expressed dissatisfaction over the quality of job done on the students’ hostel project being constructed in the university and directed the contractor to correct the defects immediately.
“I insist that our contractors must adhere strictly to standards because for us in NDDC there is no compromise on quality.”
Dr Atako said the commission was ready to pay contractors promptly, but warned that they must be ready to show value for every payment made.
Earlier the Vice Chancellor of the University Professor Hillary Odo thanked the NDDC for its intervention in the education sector urging other agencies of government and organizations to emulate the commission.
The NDDC Chief Executive Officer also inspected the completed Nworie, Solar electrification project and the internal road network in Ukwa/West, Abia state and commended the contractors for a job well done.