By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
The Students of the University of Maiduguri (Unimaid) have expressed appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari and Minister of Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola, over the rehabilitation of some internal roads in the University.
This was contained in a statement signed by Boade Akinola Direcor Press & Public Relations said the appreciation was made during the formal handing over of 1.653 km roads rehabilatated by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing under its intervention initiative. The project also included asphalt overlay of 0.303 km road in the University.
University of Maiduguri is among the 18 Federal Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria that benefited from the first phase of the internal roads intervention project of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, spearheaded by Fashola.
Speaking on behalf of the Students, the President of the Students Union Government, Comrade Abdulrahman Zanna said that the intervention brought the much needed impact on the education sector and would greatly enhance learning and boost the morals of the students in the pursuit of knowledge.
Zanna explained that Unimaid has been witnessing increasing number of students from the entire north east region coming for studies and requested for more of such intervention for the University.
He explained that the effort of President Buhari in the provision and improvement of infrastructure in the nation’s tertiary institutions was a clear demonstration of his commitment to close the infrastructural deficit in the country.
Earlier in his address, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri, Professor Aliyu Shugaba said that the road was the busiest road on the campus day and night because it connected the students’ hostels and the commercial center on the campus
He said, “Motorists have now found succor plying the road. Prior to the rehabilitation, the experience on the road was bad.”
Consequently, the minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, was represented at the handover ceremony by the Borno State Federal Controller of Works, Engr. Yahaya Ali.
Fashola said, “The gap of our infrastructure needs is steadily being bridged by a gradual process of repairs, renewal and construction on major highways and it has reached the schools.”
He also explained that the quality of education would no doubt be impacted by the quality of infrastructure and the learning environment, pointing out that the feedback from students in the institutions that benefited from such intervention attested to that.
“The intervention by Federal Government will improve the ambience and environment of Federal Tertiary Institutions to enhance academic activities,” he said.
The Vice Chancellor Ibrahim Njodi
assured the Minister that the road would be taken care of, adding that, “There is greater need for more road to serve the University because of it’s expansive land.
Speaking in his goodwill message the Chairman Governing Council of the University, Professor Biodun Adesany, commended the federal government and the minister of works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, for coming to the aid of the tertiary institutions in Nigeria, describing it as a good initiative that would greatly grow the education sector.