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A’Ibom Commissions NDDC Medical Hostel

Posted: Jul 4, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Daniel Abia Port Harcourt

The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has commissioned the ultra modern 522 bed-space University of Uyo Teaching Hospital hostel built by the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC in Uyo Local Government Area.

Performing the ceremony on behalf of the governor, the Deputy Governor of the state, Mr. Moses Ekpo, said that the state-of-the-art hostel, built for medical students, was very significant as it would spur the state to rise to the challenges facing the medical sector where doctors were in short supply.

The governor said that the hostel would increase the capacity of the teaching hospital to train more doctors in very conducive environment.

“This will improve the provision of health services to the people. We are grateful to the NDDC for helping us touch the lives of people in the state. I am confident that the commission will continue to meet the expectations of the people,” he said.

The NDDC Managing Director, Sir (Barr) Bassey Dan-Abia, said that the commission was determined to complete all on-going projects as directed by the Federal Government, adding that the current funding challenges facing it would not stop it from achieving its goals.

He said that out of the 19 student hostels being built by the NDDC across the Niger Delta region, only one was completed when the current board was inaugurated on December 16, 2013.

“Since we came in, four more hostels have been commissioned and four others are ready. We have commissioned similar hostels in Imo State University, Federal University of Science and Technology, Owerri (FUTO); University of Benin and the Delta State University, Abraka,” he said.

In his own remarks, the Chairman of the NDDC Governing Board, Senator Bassey Ewa-Henshaw, said that the commission was determined to make a difference in the lives of the people of the region, noting that the second proto-type hostel at the main campus of the university would equally be completed very soon.