Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa Gets Two Hostel Complex From Presidency!

Mother of Nigeria’s President, Mama Ayi Eunice Jonathan has handed over keys of two sets of 20 self -contain apartments to Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State to ease accommodation challenges of the institution.

Commissioning the hostel building Friday at Otuoke , President Goodluck Jonathan described his mother as one who values education and recalled his mother’s efforts during his early days in school, how she encouraged him after his Junior Primary School at Otuoke to leave the community for Central school Oloibiri and thereafter to Imiringi for his Secondary School education.

“When I finished my Junior primary, there was no school within my community, you have to relocate your child outside the community to continue his education, because my mother is one who likes education, she had to take me to Oloibiri to continue my education.” the president recalled.

Referring to his childhood days, President Jonathan also noted that there was only one Secondary School in the whole of Ogbia, expressing delight that the story has changed as there is a University now at Otuoke.

“The only Secondary School in the whole of Ogbia was at Imiringi, that was in the past, but now we have, Primary, Secondary Schools and a Federal University here now” President Jonathan said.

According to the President, handing over the hostel to Federal University Otuoke is his mother’s way of contributing to educational development in the society. He however urged the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mobolaji Aluko to guard it jealously.

“VC know that this is precious to our mother, please it should be guarded jealously” he urged.

Thanking the President’s mother over the gesture, the Vice Chancellor, Federal University Otuoke, Prof. Mobolaji Aluko described Mama Eunice Jonathan as a friend of the University who has been generous to the institution and prayed God to reward her immensely.

The University Don assured the President that the hostel will be effectively utilised by the School adding that female students will beexcited to take residence.

“We will use this to the glory of God and your glory Mama, to make you proud, we will make sure that students use this facility judisciously” The VC promised.

Mama Eunice Jonathan who earlier spoke in Ogbia dialect, expressed appreciation to God who raised her son, President Jonathan to such a status in the country, while recalling the challenges he faced during his childhood and thanked God for keeping her alive to see a Federal University within her Community, which hitherto was beyond her imagination.

Present at the commissioning were the Governors of Bayelsa and Anambra States, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson and Mr. Pete Obi, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe, Deputy Governor Bayelsa State, Rear Admiral John Jonah (Rtd),Former Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief DSP Alamiesiegha and Others.

Also present at the occasion from the University were the Registrar,Sir David Suowari, Dean Student life, Prof. Steven Nwabuzor, Dean, Faculty of Science, Prof. Bio Nyananyo,Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Prof. Philomina Ejele among others.


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