Windstorm: single calls to the Niger Delta Ministry, others for intervention



Windstorm: single calls to the Niger Delta Ministry, others for intervention

By George Odok
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Professor Florence Obi, called on stakeholders to intervene on the blast destruction of the institution’s infrastructure.

She appealed to the Niger Delta Ministry of Affairs, the Higher Education Trust Fund and the Niger Delta Development Commission during the damage inspection in Calabar on Friday.

Obi said properties worth millions of naira were destroyed by the windstorm that occurred during Thursday’s heavy downpour.

The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the affected buildings include the College of Medicine, Graduate School, Faculty of Education, Printing House, Senate Chambers, Open Pavilion and Medical Laboratory Department .

Others are the Sen Conference Theater. Godswill Akpabio Engineering, the telecommunications mast, the isolation center, the electrical and solar installations, the vice-chancellor’s office as well as the hostels for men and women, among others.

The VC said the windstorm came at a time when the University was not yet recovering from the destruction of its facilities by thugs who hijacked the #Endsars protest on October 24, 2020 in Calabar.

“Today is another very sad day, just like it happened during the #Endsars protest. When I got on board as VC we started repairing hostels and other areas that were destroyed by thugs, here we are seeing another form of destruction again.

“We invested so much in printing because we wanted to make it a business enterprise; even the Senate chambers of the University where we had our international cooperation were all affected because the roof was destroyed.

“The sad story is that the new Medical College building, which was not yet handed over to the school, was also badly damaged.

“We call on the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, the Niger Delta Development Commission, the National Emergency Management Agency, TetFund, well-meaning Nigerians and alumni of the institution to us help, ”she said.

The registrar of the University, Mr. Gabriel Egbe, who was also on an inspection tour, called on the relevant government agencies to come and help the University in the field of project intervention.

The president of the university’s student union, Mr. James Ugah, also called on the federal government and the Niger Delta Ministry of Affairs to intervene urgently, especially in the hostel to replace the damaged facilities. (NOPE)


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