FG constructs 46 road networks in tertiary institutions in 2021– Fashola

FG constructs 46 road networks in tertiary institutions in 2021– Fashola

The Federal Government says it has constructed internal road networks in 46 federal tertiary institutions across the country in 2021.

 

The Minister of Work, Babatunde Fashola, said this on Wednesday in Abeokuta during the handover of the internal roads, constructed under the Federal Government’s intervention, at Aro Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Abeokuta.

 

The 1.3-kilometre internal road network was rehabilitated by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing on behalf of the Federal Government.

 

The minister, who was represented by Umar Bakare, the Federal Controller of Works in Ogun, said that another 17 roads were ready for handover, while 30 other road projects were ongoing in various institutions across the country.

 

He noted that the infrastructure gap was being bridged via a gradual process of repair, renewal and construction on major roads in federal schools and institutions.

 

“It is undebatable that quality of health care delivery will be impacted by the quality of infrastructure and the environment; those who doubt it should simply listen to some of the feedbacks from staff in the hospitals where this type of intervention has taken place.

 

“The students are expressing renewed enthusiasm with regard to attending classes, because some defective roads have been restored to good condition.

 

“This is consistent with our progressive ideal of improving the human condition and that process continues here today, as we hand over this one in Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Aro, Abeokuta as a critical intervention to support education,” he said.

 

Fashola also noted that no fewer than 50 persons were employed in the road project, thus contributing to the job creation initiatives of the government.

 

He expressed the hope that the hospital management would ensure proper management of the road, while shielding it from being abused.

 

In his remarks, Provost of the Hospital, Dr Paul Agboola, thanked the Federal Government for the intervention.

 

He noted that since the establishment of the hospital decades ago, “this is the first time in recent years where internal road network rehabilitation will be carried out by the Ministry of Works”.

 

The provost added that the act had gladdened the staff, students and patients at the institution.

 

Agboola said that the institution was eagerly awaiting the commencement of the second phase of the 5-kilometre road, initially requested from the ministry.

 

“Like Oliver Twist, we ask for more. We await the second phase of the project as we asked for 5 kilometres, out of which 1.35 kilometres have been done. We’re believing God that the remaining 3.65 kilometres will be done,” he added.

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