Navy chief do­nates books to Bayelsa var­sity

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Chris Eze, Ye­nagoa

The im­me­di­ate past Com­man­dant of the Na­tional De­fence Col­lege of Nigeria (NDCN) Rear Ad­mi­ral Thomas Jonah Loko­son, at the weekend do­nated 800 vol­umes of books to the Bayelsa State-owned Niger Delta Univer­sity (NDU) Will­ber­force Is­land, Amas­soma.

Loko­son, who is an in­di­gene of Bayelsa, also in­sti­tuted two awards of N20,000 each for the best grad­u­at­ing stu­dents in the Depart­ment of Po­lit­i­cal Sci­ence and Depart­ment of Ma­rine En­gi­neer­ing to en­cour­age schol­ar­ship in the univer­sity.

At the pre­sen­ta­tion of the books to the NDU man­age­ment led by the Act­ing Vice Chan­cel­lor, Humphrey Ogoni, who was rep­re­sented by the reg­is­trar, Ton­bra Odubo, Loko­son said the ges­ture was to chal­lenge other en­dowed Ijaw in­di­genes to con­trib­ute to hu­man re­source de­vel­op­ment in the Niger Delta. He dis­closed that cur­rently, 13 stu­dents of the univer­sity are ben­e­fi­cia­ries of his schol­ar­ship scheme with each re­ceiv­ing N30,000 ev­ery aca­demic ses­sion.

While thank­ing the man­age­ment of the in­sti­tu­tion for giv­ing him the op­por­tu­nity to make his mod­est do­na­tions, he as­sured that the amounts for the awards and schol­ar­ship would be re­viewed to N50,000 in the near­est fu­ture.

Loko­son ex­plained that ed­u­ca­tion is too im­por­tant to be left only in the hands of govern­ment, stress­ing that pub­lic-spir­ited in­di­vid­u­als and cor­po­rate bod­ies need to sup­port its de­vel­op­ment for the ben­e­fit of so­ci­ety.

In his re­marks, the Act­ing Vice Chan­cel­lor, Humphrey Ogoni, thanked him for the ges­ture and urged other Ijaw in­di­genes to em­u­late him.

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