By Grace Alegba, Lagos.
The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, on Wednesday inaugurated and handed over five roads and car park projects newly rehabilitated within the University of Lagos (UNILAG) to the university’s management.
The projects were part of the Federal Government’s intervention on internal roads of tertiary institutions across the country.
The inaugurated projects are Alvan Ikoku, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa roads, Bunu Jike Crescent, UNILAG Shopping complex and a car park.
Fashola said that President Muhammadu Buhari was committed to quality infrastructure delivery across tertiary institutions in the nation.
The minister, who was represented by the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos State, Mr Umar Bakare, said that government had intervened in the reconstruction of 83 roads in tertiary institutions across the nation.
Fashola said that over 60 roads had been fully rehabilitated in different federal tertiary institutions across the country.
He said that another 18 in-campus roads were ready, while 19 others were almost completed.
The minister said that the upgrading of road infrastructure within the tertiary institutions, was another strategic intervention of the government in supporting education through the provision of a favourable learning environment.
“The institutions are assets of the Federal Government,” he said.
Responding to the requests of the university community, the minister said that the tertiary infrastructure upgrade “is a continuous process, and not going to be a one-off thing”.
Bakare, while speaking in his capacity as the Federal Controller of Works, promised to personally visit the additional sites the management complained about to make a proposal for urgent intervention.
Responding, the Vice-Chancellor of UNILAG, Prof. Folasade Ogunsola, lauded President Buhari for the initiative.
He said that the upgraded roads had made the campus more conducive for the students, lecturers and the other staff, as well as visitors.
Ogunsola solicited more interventions in other parts of the campus, including a new road to enable the development of land spaces to augment overstretched and inadequate facilities.
She noted that gullies on various stretches of roads had caused a lot of hardship before the intervention and commended the quality of construction.
The vice-chancellor said that the future of the nation and youths would be mortgaged without appreciable investment in the education sector, as being done by Buhari.
The President of Faculty of Social Sciences, UNILAG, Mr Stanley Ikechukwu, appreciated the intervention, which, he said, had led to increase in class attendance.
Earlier, the Assistant Director of Federal Highways in Lagos State, Mrs Olukorede Keisha, an alumnus of UNILAG, thanked the Federal Ministry of Works engineers for the good quality of the projects.
She said the projects would boost the morale of students and ensure commitment to academic excellence.
Keisha thanked the vice-chancellor and university management for their support in actualising the projects.