By Our Reporter
The Chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC Governing Board, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba has assured the University of Calabar, UNICAL VC, Prof. Zana Akpagu that “the new Faculty of Law building which is on-going, would not only be completed, but would also be furnished, and would stand out to be one of the best Faculties in the country.”
Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba stated this Thursday during a courtesy visit by the UNICAL Vice Chancellor Prof. Zana Akpagu and his entourage at the Commission’s headquarters in Port Harcourt.
The NDDC Governing Board Chairman asserted that the main resource of any society is found in its youths and not the natural resources or minerals. For this reason, he said, the youths must be skilled, motivated, educated and empowered.
“If the youths are not properly educated, skilled or motivated, rather than be a blessing to the society, they become a curse,” he noted.
He said: “We are concerned that our youths must remain a resource and not a curse to our region. That is why we are partnering with universities and higher institutions in the Niger Delta region to educate and produce some of the best minds the country will have to offer.”
Senator Victor added that NDDC is making efforts to ensure that all on-going projects in universities in the Niger Delta States be completed, especially in the University of Calabar being one of the oldest in South-South.
Earlier in his remarks, the Vice Chancellor of UNICAL, Prof. Zana Akpagu, thanked the Commission for all its interventions in his University of and all other universities in the Niger Delta.
He appealed to the Commission to intervene in its building of an Ultra Modem Medical Center, noting that since the inception of the university in 1975, the Centre had operated from a 4-room apartment, but with the current population of 46,000 students, the facility had become grossly inadequate.
He also pleaded with the Commission for a massive expansion, stating that UNICAL was the only Second Generation University without an Engineering Faculty.
He further pleaded for a provision of a Proper Senate building, stressing that the current Senate building was built to accommodate 5 Senate members, but the School had grown and currently had 450 Senate members.