FG intervened in roads of 83 tertiary institutions, says Fashola

FG intervened in roads of 83 tertiary institutions, says Fashola

By Isaiah Eka, Uyo.


The Federal Government has intervened in 83 internal road networks in federal tertiary educational institutions across the country.


The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, made this known on Friday in Uyo during the inauguration and handing over of a 1.2-kilometre road constructed by the Federal Government for the University of Uyo.


Fashola, who was represented by Mr Kayode Akinwande, Federal Controller of Works in Akwa Ibom, said that some of the internal roads of the institutions had been completed and handed over, while some projects were still ongoing.


He said that the road infrastructure needs of the tertiary institutions were steadily being bridged via a gradual process of repairs, renewal and construction.


The minister said that the quality of infrastructure had improved the quality of educationm with positive impact on the students.


“We have successfully intervened in 64 internal road projects in various federal tertiary institutions and handed over a total of 46 as at March.


“We now have another 18, ready to be handed over, while we currently attending to 19 roads in similar institutions across the country making a total of 83.


“It is undebatable that quality of education will be impacted by the quality of infrastructure and learning environment and those who doubt it should simply listen to some of the feedback from students in the schools 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 conditions; and that process continues here today as we hand over this one in University of Uyo. as a critical intervention to support education,” he said.


Fashola said that during the construction of the road, more than 200 persons were employed in the process, thereby contributing to the job creation initiative of the Federal Government.


H urged to the university to make good use of the facility.


Earlier in his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, University of Uyo, Prof. Nyaudoh Ndaeyo, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the Federal Government’s investment in infrastructure development of tertiary institutions.


Ndaeyo said that the road network handed over to the school was hitherto in a derelict condition and was a death trap, to both staff and students.


“It is on record that the poor condition of these roads had posed a serious impediment, if not a death trap, to both staff and students, members of the club and worshippers at the Catholic Cathedral.


“Also, the Faculty of Business Administration/University International School Road, to say the least, was an eyesore.


“Therefore, the gesture of the Federal Government, under the leadership of our dear President Muhammadu Buhari, to approve and execute the fixing of the roads, which are billed for commissioning today, is highly commendable,” Ndaeyo said.


The vice-chancellor said that the University of Uyo was grateful to the Federal Government for other ongoing projects, aimed at addressing the challenges facing the institution.


He appealed to government, multinational organisations and well-meaning individuals that several roads were still in bad condition, constituting serious concern to the university management and community.


The highpoint of the event was the inauguration and handover of the roads to university management.

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