FG HANDS OVER REHABILITATED ROAD TO FUTA
In fulfilment of its promise on renewal of infrastructure in Nigerian tertiary institutions, the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing (FMWH) has handed over rehabilitated Campus internal and external roads totaling 1.7 Km to the Management of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) .Speaking at the occasion, the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) represented by Director, Federal Ministry of Works, Akure, Ondo State, Engr. Olajide Hussein said identified infrastructural gap needs to be bridged steadily by a gradual process of repairs, renewal and construction. He said such intervention is an energy renewal of enthusiasm amongst students with regard to attending classes. Mr. Fashola said “currently, there are 43 such interventions in internal roads within tertiary institutions across Nigeria, and the students have expressed delight because some defective roads have been restored to motorability. To date eighteen (18) out of forty three (43) interventions have been completed and today we hand over this one in FUTA as a critical contribution to support education. The point must be made that although this is a civil works project, it is an investment in education”
In a remark, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Joseph Fuwape commended the effort of the Federal government on the completion of the first phase of the road rehabilitation and hoped that by the second phase of intervention more will be covered. He said the Middle Belt road which has just been handed over is a vital road on campus as it leads to the School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology (SAAT), School of Engineering and Engineering Technology (SEET) and the School of Post Graduate Studies (SPGS). He said the roads leading to the University Water Factory, approaches to North and South Gates and a few others were repaired and rehabilitated by the Government. Professor Fuwape also called for collaboration between the Ministry and the University’s Department of Civil Engineering through training to give hands-on experience to the students on roads and housing construction.
Speaking earlier, the Director of Works, Engr. Kehinde Bamisile, thanked the Management for giving the needed support required during the construction of the road. He commended the Ministry of Works and Housing for the laudable project and advised that more should be done.
Among the dignitaries that witnessed the handling over include the Registrar, Mr. Richard Arifalo who was full of praises for the Works Ministry. He likened FUTA to Oliver twist, who is grateful but always wants more.