The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), has said that the federal government was addressing the road infrastructure challenges in at least 76 tertiary institutions across the country.
Fashola spoke last week in Abuja, during the commissioning and handing over of the 1.05-kilometre road project rehabilitated in the University of Abuja by his ministry.
He said that the government’s intervention in the development of infrastructure in the nation’s tertiary institutions was aimed at boosting the quality of education in the institutions.
The minister, who was represented on the occasion by the Federal Controller of Works in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr. Usman Yakubu, said the intervention was giving students renewed enthusiasm with regards to attending classes where the government had restored “motorability” to the defective roads.
He disclosed that under the Tertiary Institutions Road Intervention Programme (TIRIP) initiated by his ministry, the government was set to ensure that the selected universities reap the benefits of the scheme in their institutions.
The minister added that the summary of all the feedbacks from students and management staff of the University of Abuja, Gwagwalada, had demonstrated that the gap in the nation’s infrastructure needs was steadily being bridged by a gradual process of repairs and construction on the major highways and schools.
Fashola described the construction of the internal roads by in the nation’s tertiary institutions as a pointer to the administration’s progressive ideal of improving the human condition by supporting Education.