Determined to improve the quality of education in Nigeria, the Ministry of Works and Housing has rehabilitated internal road infrastructure in selected tertiary institutions.
One of such tertiary institutions is the University of Calabar in Cross River State, south-south Nigeria, where One point two kilometre road network was ceremoniously handed over to the management by the Minister of Works and Housing Babatunde Raji Fashola.
Fashola, who was represented by the Federal Controller of Works, Ministry of Works and Housing Calabar, Bassey Nsentip, said “the gap of our infrastructure needs is steadily being bridged by a gradual process of repairs, renewal and construction on major highways and has reached the schools”.
The Minister asserted, “it is undebatable that quality education will be impacted by the quality of infrastructure and the learning environment. There are 43 such interventions in internal roads within tertiary institutions across Nigeria. To date, eighteen out of the number have been completed”.
According to the minister, the interventions were received by the teeming students’ population across the seven universities selected by the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The students are expressing a renewed enthusiasm with regard to attending classes because some defective roads have been restored to motorability. We hand over this one in the University of Calabar, Cross River State as a critical contribution to support education,” he remarked.
On other benefits of the road to the university community, the minister disclosed that “42 people were employed in the process thereby contributing to the job creation initiative of the government”.
Some of the students present at the ceremony commended President Buhari for choosing the university as a beneficiary of the intervention, noting “this is a great thing for us. It will surely enable students move freely and lecturers go to classes early enough”.
A year Three law student, Joseph Odey said “this road had been in a bad shape before now, at least I came to the university of Calabar three years ago. I feel very excited, all Malabites are grateful to our number one President Buhari and the Minister of Works and Housing for considering us worthy”.
In an earlier remark, Professor Zana Akpagu described the gesture as the icing on the cake for the institution and his administration, which he noted would be winding down in a few months.
Professor Akpagu, who hinted that the roads rehabilitated by the Nigerian Government were constructed in 1978, said “I thank the president of this country whose initiative we are enjoying now. The aim of the intervention was to improve the ambience in Nigerian universities. So, he selected about seven of us to benefit from this”.
“The students of the university are very happy”, stated Akpagu, who also appealed for more interventions in the institution.
Highlight of the ceremony were different cultural displays by students of the University of Calabar.
Source: Voice of Nigeria