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NDDC Donates 500 Bed Space Hostel To UUTH

Posted: Jul 8, 2015 at 12:14 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Idongesit Ashameri, Uyo


The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has donated a 500 bed-space hostel facility to medical students of the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital (UNIYOTH).

Addressing the guests at the commissioning of the project in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State Capital, NDDC’s Managing Director, Barr. Bassey Dan-Abia said the gesture was in furtherance of the commission’s resolve to provide intervention in infrastructural development in states within the zone.

Abia, who recalled that the project was awarded 10 years ago, explained that his administration was determined to complete as many uncompleted projects embarked upon by the commission as possible.

Stating that another of such project would be commissioned at the university in the next three months, he stated that such intervention had resulted in the completion of nine prototype hostels across the Niger Delta States.

He pledged to donate a 500 KVA transformer to power both the facility and the community, Barr. Dan-Abia also appealed to people of Usse Ikot Ebio, the host community to ensure the protection of the facility by prevention its vandalisation.

Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Comfort Ekpo, commended the commission for its various interventions at the institution and pleaded for more reliable security measures to guarantee the safety of the medical students.

In her words “We sincerely appreciate this 500 bed space facility, the access road and the 275 KVA generators. But, I want to note that there is absence of essential security in the facility. The students need on all doors, windows and openings. The perimeter fence should be completed, two security posts and metal protection for all drain channels, mosquito nets, drying lines among others at the coast of N55m”.

She called for government’s intervention on the university land which she reported had been poach by the communities across the main campus, annex, town campus and the hostel facility.

She therefore appealed to the state government to assist the institution in securing a certificate of occupancy to avert future encroachment.

The State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, who was represented by his Deputy, Mr. Moses Ekpo, commended NDDC for investing in the healthcare development of the state and assured that the facility, would also enhance training facilities for medical students in the state.

Reacting to the host community’s complaint of non-payment of compensation, and the issue of land encroachment, he pledged to continue to mediate between all the parties concerned to sustain the existing cordial relationship and summoned a meeting with the community leaders.