By Edeki Igafe
The Chairman of the Tompolo Foundation, Mr. Government Ekpemupolo popularly called Tompolo, has donated 458 single-seat desks to the Nigerian Maritime University in Delta.
The Foundation’s Executive Secretary, Dr. Paul Bebenimibo, announced the donation on Saturday during the institution’s combined enrollment ceremony for the 2019/2020, 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 academic sessions.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the University is located in Okerenkoko, Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta.
Bebenimibo said that Tompolo was a strategic partner of the university, adding that it was implementing measures to allow the institution to compete well with other world-class universities.
“The Tompolo Foundation is presenting 458 individual desks (furniture) worth millions of Naira to the NMU,” he said.
In response, Professor Emmanuel Adigio, vice chancellor of the NMU, thanked Tompolo for the donation, noting that the gesture was a demonstration of his desire to educate his people.
“Tompolo contributes a lot to solving all our challenges at the university. He brought many of our chairs. He will soon complete a structure at the university, ”said Adigio.
While thanking Tompolo for the nice gesture, Adigio said that all of the institution’s 13 academic programs have been accredited.
He added that the pioneering graduates of the university are currently in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
The vice chancellor urged the cadets to take their studies seriously and be determined to overcome any challenges that may arise in the course of their studies.
“You must be guided by the reality that time spent at this first paramilitary University in the country is the springboard to a bigger life in the future.
“In this regard, let me congratulate our enrolling cadets. In fact, you are our seed planted with the expectation of blossoming.
“We have made great preparations to plant you. We have employed, as our teachers, very capable scholars, most of whom made upper division first and second class in their first degree courses.
“Several of them already have advanced degrees. This is something we owe you.
“The government that founded the University considers you very important and has granted you this privilege.
“We promise before you and your parents that we will not stop giving you the best.
Please don’t stop touching the sky and beyond. It is my heartfelt wish that all of you keep the sail in steady gear along the university’s waterways,” Adigio said. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Idris Abdulrahman