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The Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC has pledged to make a positive impact in all facets of lives of the Niger Delta region. One way of achieving this is to intervene in all public institutions within the zone. One of such institution penciled down for support is the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, (FUPRE), in Delta State.
The NDDC Managing Director Mr. Nsima Ekere made this pledged when the Vice-Chancellor of the University Professor Akii Ibhadode came visiting at the commission headquarters in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Mr. Ekere who was represented by the NDDC Executive Director Projects, Engineer Samuel Adjogbe reiterated the resolve of the commission to support all public educational institutions in the Niger Delta region.
Engineer Adjogbe said “we intervene in projects spread across the region. Usually, our first port of call is the state’s offices, where all urgent projects are collated and transferred to the Headquarters. The commissioners representing the states in the NDDC board normally heads the committees at the state office level.
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The Engineer emphasized the resolve of the commission to start work on the university campus with the construction of the access road leading to the school. Apart from the access road the NDDC according to the Engineer will also build a befitting library for the university and called for the preliminary design of the library so that it would be captured in the next budget of the commission.
Engineer Adjogbe further added “we are open to partnering with educational institutions on the short-term training of the youths of the Niger Delta region with special practical skills and also ensure that they are certified as capable of working in the respective industries in which they have been trained.
The Vice Chancellor of the Petroleum University earlier in his remarks stated that the university was aware of several interventions of the commission in other universities within the region and hope that such goodwill will be extended to them as well.
The Vice Chancellor praised the NDDC for the meaningful impact it has made in the Niger Delta region through its developmental projects and programmes and assures that any project undertaken in the university will achieve the expected purpose.
He further revealed that the university was set up to produce high-level manpower for the oil and gas industry. To achieve this mandate the institution needs support in the provision of access roads, hostels and other basic infrastructure.