BY GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE, BENIN
FOR the over 800 medical students of the University of Benin who have been faced with accommodation problem, succour has come to them following the construction of 186 rooms hostel complex by the management of the Niger-Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The project which was conceived and awarded in 2004 was left fallow until the coming of the present board of the NDDC. It cost over N1.3 billion. Edo State Commissioner for NDDC, Barr. Henry Okhuarobo while inspecting the project expressed happiness that the project was almost completed, and would help to alleviate the accommodation problem of the university.
According to him, “although this project is one of those yet to be completed, hopefully we are delivering this project next month, but the target date which we set for ourselves was this month, but because of the volume of work and to minimize errors, the contractor has said that July would be the best time for delivery.
“You will recall that this project was awarded initially in 2004 and had lain fallow for many years until last year when the present board of NDDC started fast-tracking the project. We are happy and you can see for yourselves and come to your conclusion what you are seeing in UNIBEN Medical Students’ Hostel where we are standing now.
“The capacity of this hostel is 186 rooms to accommodate over 800 students. We also have other facilities like computer room, super markets, water borehole, etc.”