A former Minister of Defense, Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma has donated a 500-capacity female hostel in the name of his wife, Daisy Danjuma, to the University of Benin.
The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, while Inaugurating the story building at the Ugbowo campus of the institution said that the donation is another testament to Danjumas’ philanthropy and desire to always uplift the downtrodden.
The governor said that Danjuma was one of the few individuals that made huge amounts of donations to the state during the civil-19 debacle three years ago.
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He said the state government had assisted the school in the area of road construction in its community.
He urged other individuals and private organizations to continue to support tertiary institutions with infrastructure to improve teaching and learning.
Senator Daisy Danjuma, whom the edifice was named after, expressed delight with the project.
She urged students who would be accommodated at the hostel to maintain the facility.
She said maintenance is one of the challenges of infrastructure development in the country, thereby appealing to the students to ensure the hostel was taken care of, also urging them to engage in activities that would make the school a model for others.
The Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Lilian Salami commended the gesture of the donor towards addressing the shortage of hostel accommodation for students in the school.
Salami said the aim of the management is to have 80 per cent of its students on campus and can only achieve that with the kind gesture of good-spirited individuals like Danjuma.