Minister of Niger Delta Affairs Ministry, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has restated President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to completing all abandoned projects in the oil-rich Niger Delta.

The president, according to the minister, has given directive for the completion of all abandoned but viable projects in the Niger Delta.

Akpabio spoke in Uyo, on Sunday, after an inspection tour of the long-abandoned 1,000-bed hostel blocks constructed by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) for the University of Uyo.

Located at the Main Campus of the institution at Nsukara Offot, Uyo, the three-storey project which started about 15 years ago, but was delayed for many reasons is almost 98 per cent completed and ready for commissioning in the next couple of weeks.

The hostel has 500 bed spaces for male undergraduates and 500 bed spaces for female undergraduates.

The minister, who eulogized the President, for his massive support to the interventionist agency since assumption of office, hinted that the NDDC’s commitment to the completion of the students’ hostel project was a directive from the President.

He disclosed that other abandoned projects in the Niger Delta were now at various stages of completion and inauguration.

Akpabio assured that the Agency would continue to support educational development by creating conducive teaching and learning environment in educational institutions in the oil-rich states – Rivers, Delta, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, Imo, Ondo, and Edo.

In his remarks after the facility tour, the Interim Administrator of the NDDC, Effiong Akwa, thanked President Buhari for his moral and financial support which has seen to more abandoned projects in the region being completed and handed over to its beneficiaries.

“Let me place on records the support of our dear President to the Niger Delta region. He has handed a presidential directive through the minister, that we must ensure that all abandoned but viable projects in the region are completed and handed over to its direct beneficiaries,” Akwa stated.



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