•Construction of Senate Building, others begin soon
Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, had performed the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of the Senate Building of Niger Delta University (NDU), Amassoma, 3-kilometre dual carriage way and other projects.
The governor while laying the foundation for the construction of the senate building described the NDU as the biggest educational investment in the Ijaw nation and expressed confidence that the contractor A & K will deliver a good job.
While presenting a cheque of five hundred million naira to the contractor, Dickson said his government decided to award the project to the company because of its timely complexion of the magnificent new governor’s office.
According to him with the huge investment made so far in education, a silent revolution is going on in that sector which is geared towards securing the future of young Bayelsans.
He said: ” We want a new generation of Ijaw people, a new generation of leaders that will come and build this land, take us to the next level, rise up as much as they can, fly as high as they can fly and rule the world wherever they are and that is the investment we are making”.
Dickson appeal to students not to allow themselves to be deceived and explained that the new education trust fund law and other similar actions are meant to reduce recurrent expenditure and use such funds to develop their future.
The Bayelsa governor promised to provide a befitting staff quarters to solve the challenge of accommodation and directed the immediate fencing of the school to make it more secured for students and and workers.
Earlier the State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Lawrence Erudjarkpor said the construction of the various projects is a necessary investment to give the university a massive facelift.
He listed among other things that the two storey senate building will house the Vice Chancellor and the two deputy vice chancellors office as well as two standard auditorium for lectures, seminars and symposiums.
On his part, the Commissioner for Education, Markson Fefegha said out of the ten billion naira set aside for infrastructure development in tertiary institutions in the state, the NDU will gulp fifty percent of that cost and hope that the development will put an end to unecessary agitation about the university.
Also speaking the Vice Chancellor of the NDU, Prof. Humprey Ogoni appreciated the governor for his tireless effort to transform the institution and assured him of the commitment of the authorities to reciprocate the gesture.
The new senate building according to the contractor is expected to be completed between twelve and fifteen months.