Earlier today, the University of Uyo main campus was thrown into exhilarating celebration as the erstwhile abandoned 1050 bed space hostel building constructed by the Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC) was commissioned and handed over to the university for use.

In reliving the event of today, it is pertinent to do a rehash of the underlisted factors.

Vision: To offer a lasting solution to the socio-economic difficulties of the Niger Delta.

And its Mission: To facilitate the rapid and sustainable development of the Niger Delta into a region that is economically prosperous, socially stable, ecologically regenerative and politically peaceful.

The NDDC put all hands in deck to positively define the narrative in terms of infrastructural development across the nine states that make up the region.

The project which was awarded in 2002 and was abandoned for 17 years with work stalled due to bureaucratic bottlenecks, today is completed and fully furnished by the agency based on the marching order of President Muhamadu Buhari to Senator Godswill Akpabio, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs that projects that have direct impact on the lives of the people be prioritized, completed and handed over for use. Senator Akpabio communicated the order to the management of NDDC, and it translated into the beautiful ultra modern edifice that will go a long way in reducing accommodation encumbrances that the students of that tertiary institution have experienced for years.

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The hostel building, divided into male and female wings, is one of the various projects the NDDC has commissioned and handed over for use. In his speech via ZOOM, the President assured the people of the oil rich region of his administration’s resolve to give the Niger Delta its much deserved attention in terms of infrastructural and human capacity development.

Present at the event was a plethora of dignitaries which included, the management of the beneficiary institution led by its Vice Chancellor, Prof. Nyaudoh Ukpabio Ndaeyo, Rt. (Hon.) Onofiok Luke, House Member, Representing Etinan Federal Constituency and a host of others. The ambience and body language of those present at the epoch making event, exuded joy and gratitude, in which Prof. Akaneden Essen, a former Vice Chancellor of the University of Uyo, elaborately thanked, the NDDC, Senator Akpabio and Mr. President for fulfilling an almost lost promise.

Senator Godswill Akpabio, who represented the president, thanked the people of the region for remaining peaceful . He also reiterated the need for the people to continue to support President Buhari’s mission to restore the greatness of the region and by extension Nigeria.

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While touring the facility at the commissioning, Senator Akpabio implored the institution’s management and students, to make good use of the facility as it would encourage the NDDC to do more.

The oil rich region is also culturally rich, as the colourful event which attracted a mammoth crowd from all walks and strata of life, was filled with cultural displays from constituent communities of the Niger Delta.

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