The Federal Government has again been urged to release theÂ over N500bn owed the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, to enable it complete its numerous development projects in the region.
The call was made by member, House of Representatives and Chairman, House Committee on the Niger Delta, MrÂ Nicholas Mutu, at the presentation of 140 workstation computers and accessories to the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, RSUST, Nkpolu, Port Harcourt, by the NDDC.
â€œWhat the NDDC needs is enough funds to adequately implement its projects and programmes in the Niger Delta region. I call on the multinational companies operating in the region to emulate the good gestures of the Commission by helping to upgrade the academic standards in our universities,â€ he said.
Presenting the Computers, the Managing Director of the Commission, Mr. Chibuzor Ugwoha, said the donation was premised on the need to assist in bringing about development in educational infrastructures.
â€œWe canâ€™t give quality education without qualified teachers and instructional materials, hence the Commission is also involved in the training of teachers in core science subjects in the nine states of the Niger Delta to ensure competence in science and technology,â€ he added.
Ugwoha commended the Vice Chancellor for sanitizing the system and bringing development to the institution. â€œDonâ€™t finish the good work with good buildings, but good students. Bring back the glory of the University,â€ he advised.
Ugwoha called for collaborative efforts among institutions and development agencies in the region to ensure that â€œsomething good can come out of Niger Delta.â€
Responding, the Vice Chancellor of the University,Â Prof Barineme Fakae commended the Commission for donating the computers, saying â€œthe university has produced a leader in the person of Ugwoha to head an organisation as important as the NDDC.
â€œWe are in the process of academic rebranding. Computer education will change business education in the country. It is on record that this University is the first to write examinations Online, with the programmes developed and used by graduates of the school in order to monitor examination malpractices,â€ the Vice Chancellor said.