By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
The management of University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) has applauded the federal government for the rehabilitation of internal roads in the university community.
The university community expressed their profound gratitude at the handing over ceremony of 2.2km internal roads rehabilitated in the university by the Honourable Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola.
Fashola who was represented by the Federal Controller of Works, Enugu State, Engr. Olufemi Oyekami, stated that the rehabilitation of some roads in the university was to enhance quality of education in the institution and to bring succor to the users.
This was contained in a statement signed by Boade Akinola Director Press&Public Relations, said According to the minister , ‘’We are steadily reducing the gap of Nigeria’s infrastructural needs by the gradual process of repair, renewal and construction on major highways and it has reached the school.”
He noted that 18 out of the 43 on-going road intervention projects had been completed.
He said, “Today we hand over this one as a critical contribution to support education.” He added that no fewer than 27 people were directly employed in the course of the job thereby contributing to the job creation initiative of the Federal Government”.
The Minister disclosed that similar road rehabilitation projects were going on at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH) Enugu and the Federal University of Health and Dental Technology, Enugu, adding that President Muhammadu Buhari deserved to be applauded.
He urged the university community to ensure that the roads were properly used and maintained.
In his response, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Nigeria Nsuka,Prof.Charles ArinzeChukwu Igwe represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration, UNN, Prof. Pat Okpoko described that the rehabilitation project is laudable and beneficial.
Prof.Igwe added that the rehabilitated internal roads would ease access within the campus, improve communication, the ambiance of the environment and restore the dignity of man.
He also demanded for more Federal Government road intervention in the institution as some other roads in the school were dilapidated due to age.
“Our infrastructure is weak due to age. The Federal Government may wish to consider our size and age in sharing the number of roads intervention among tertiary institutions across the nation.”
Prof. Igwe said that the institution’s resources were minimal. He requested for more of these kind gesture to be done for the institution to promote seamless academic process.
He thanked the minister for the kind gesture and pledged that the university community would ensure that the projects were maintained to last long.
The President of the Student Union Government, Comr. Chimezie Fortnatus thanked the Minister on behalf of the students saying that the project has brought relief to over 40,000 well meaning students of the institution who are positive minded.
He said that appreciation is an application for more, requesting the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing to rehabilitate and build more internal roads for them to ease movement in the campus.
The Three rehabilitated roads in the institution are: 1,040 meters Ikejiani Road, 400 meters Ugwuegede Road and 580 meters Engineering to Odim gate road.