Senator Uchendu Inspects Hailstorm Damage In UniPort By Otikor Samuel

As a fallout of the violent hailstorm that destroyed facilities in Rivers State on Monday, May 7, 2018, the Senator representing Rivers East Senatorial District, Chief Andrew Uchendu, visited the University of Port Harcourt in continuation of his assessment of the extent of damage the ferocious storm wrought on facilities in his senatorial zone.

Speaking when he paid an unscheduled visit to the University to see things for himself on Thursday, May 10, 2018, Senator Uchendu, regretted that he was again in the University at a time of great misfortune, saying the visit was to enable him  assess the level of destruction caused by the storm.

“I am in this great University to inspect the extent of damage caused by the unfortunate hailstorm that destroyed facilities in parts of Rivers East Senatorial District which I am privileged to represent at the National Assembly. When I heard of the incident, I had to race down from Abuja to join the emergency response effort in the State—especially in my Senatorial District. I am here to ascertain the extent of damage caused by the storm and I am particularly concerned about the possible disruption of academic and administrative activities in the University. I promise to draw the attention of the Rivers State Government to the situation and also move a motion on the floor of the Senate to seek ways to ameliorate the sad situation,” the Senator assured the University.

Welcoming the Senator to the University, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Professor Regina Ogali, who represented the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ndowa Lale at the event, commended Senator Uchendu for his swift response to the natural disaster. “The University had its own fair share of the destruction, but the full extent of the damage is still being assessed by relevant organs to determine the next line of action. The hailstorm may not have been as severe here when compared to the degree of damage elsewhere in the State, but the impact was felt everywhere on our Campus. We recall that you paid us a solidarity visit when four of our students were unfortunately murdered by assailants in 2012. We are happy that you remembered us again. We wish to thank you for standing by us in moments like these,” Professor Ogali said.

Also speaking, the Registrar, Mrs. Dorcas Otto, commended Senator Uchendu for finding time to visit the University to evaluate the extent of damage done to facilities. The Registrar prayed God to continue to direct the lawmaker's path to enable him deliver quality representation to the people of his Senatorial District. 


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