Richard Ginika Izuora
The Minister of Works and Housing (FMWH), Mr Babatunde Fashola, has assured that the Federal Government would facilitate infrastructure deployment to tertiary institutions across the country.
Fashola disclosed this at the handover ceremony of a one-kilometre road constructed at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital; Ituku/Ozala in Enugu State.
The Director of Press and Public Relations, FMWH, Mrs Boade Akinola, made this known in a statement in Abuja.
The Minister said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration was committed to bridging the nation’s infrastructural gap.
He said that infrastructure needs in the country were steadily being bridged by a gradual process of repairs and construction; adding that it has reached the tertiary institutions.
Fashola, represented by the Controller of Works, Enugu State, Mr Olufemi Oyekanmi, explained that the intervention by the Federal Government in the development of infrastructure in the tertiary institutions was to boost the quality of education.
He added that it also gave students a renewed hope and enthusiasm; especially with regards to attending classes because some defective roads had been restored.
“It is undebatable that the quality of education will be impacted by the quality of infrastructure and the learning environment.
“And, those who doubt it should simply listen to some feedback from the students of the schools; where this type of intervention has taken place,” Fashola said.
The minister noted that the kilometre road network constructed in the teaching hospital was a laudable project; as it would ease the movement of both students and staff of the institute within the hospital.
“Though the road may be a civil work project, it is an investment in education and the students are expressing renewed enthusiasm with regards to attending classes because some defective roads have been restored to good condition,” he said.
The Minister noted that the project, apart from impacting the learning environment, had also provided employment opportunities for Nigerians as 40 people were employed in the process contributing to the job creation initiatives of the government.