The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola has revealed the completion of some internal road projects being executed in different tertiary institutions across the country.
This was disclosed on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at Federal University, Oye-Ekiti while handing over some 1.33km of roads rehabilitated and constructed by the federal government.
The Minister, who was represented by the Federal Controller of roads in Ekiti State, Mr. Ishiaq Lawal, said 19 out of the 43 ongoing road projects had been completed.
He noted that the intervention on roads in tertiary institutions was part of effort to bridge the infrastructure gap in the country. He also stressed that the president Muhamnadu Buhari-led administration had stepped up work in all sectors of the economy.
Lawal noted that the rehabilitation and construction of internal roads in tertiary institutions was targeted at making learning less stressful. He said that the students had expressed enthusiasm with regards to attending classes because some defective roads have been made motorable.
“It is undebatable that quality education will be impacted by the quality of infrastructure and the learning environment. Those who doubt it should simply listen to some of the feedback from students in the schools where this type of interventions has taken place.
“There is no doubt that the gap of our infrastructure needs is steadily being bridged by gradual process of repairs, renewal and construction on the highway and it has reached the schools.
“Currently there are 43 such interventions in internal roads within tertiary institutions across Nigeria. The students are expressing their new enthusiasm with regards to attending the classes because of defective routes that have been restored to motorability,” he stated.
In his remarks, the institution Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kayode Soremekun who commended the initiative of the federal government. He described the project as a relief to the university community.
Soremekun said projects would not only improve the learning process of the students. But that it would also impact the ambience of the university. He however assured the maintenance of the project to serve the desired purposes.
He said the university needed more of such interventions in the area of infrastructures to further enhance the academic profile of the university.
Soremekun noted that it would help them to adequately compete with its contemporaries on the global realm.