By Osagie Otabor, Benin
Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has commissioned 0.69 kilometres of reconstructed internal roads inside the University of Benin.
The roads were constructed by the Ministry of Works and Housing as a critical contribution to support the education sector.
Fashola who was represented by the State Controller of Works, Engr. Oke Owen, said 18 out of 43 of such projects have been completed in different universities across the country.
He said President Mohammadu Buhari has stepped up the process of getting the work done in all sectors.
His words, “The gap of our infrastructure needs is steadily being bridhed by a gradual process of repairs, renewal and construction on major highways and it has reached schools.
“It is undebatable that quality education will be impacted by the quality of infrastructure and the learning environment and those who doubt it should simpy listen to some of the feedback from students in the schools where this type of intervention has taken place.
“There are 43 such interventions in internal roads within tertiary institutions across Nigeria and the students are expressing a renewed enthusiasm with regard to attending classes because some defective roads have been restore to motorability.”
Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Lilian Imuetiyan, said the intervention project was an important one to the institution.
“The Minister happened to be an alumnus of this institution. We are proud of him and appreciative of his efforts towards developing this university. This is one of his many intervention. This road will serve its purposes.
“There are other interventions we required. We hope to continue to benefit from the Federal government.”
President of UNIBEN Student Union Government, Comrade Egwu Benjamin, commended Buhari for giving facelift to the institution