Navy chief donates books to Bayelsa varsity
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.