The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN, says the rehabilitation of internal roads in the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) will aid the learning process in the Institution. Fashola, who was represented by the Federal Controller of Works, Imo State, Engr. Anthony Animaku, disclosed this while handing over three rehabilitated internal roads to the Institution.
Fashola said: “The gap of our infrastructure needs is steadily being bridged by a gradual process of repair, renewal and construction on major highways and it has reached schools. “Currently, there are a number of internal road interventions across tertiary institutions in Nigeria, and the students who were saying that their reluctance to attend classes because of the bad roads have been replaced by an enthusiasm to do so, now that the roads are better.”
“During the construction, people were employed in the process contributing to the job creation initiatives of the government, and it is hoped that the school will now ensure that this asset is used properly and not abused. “The intervention by Federal Government would improve the ambience and environment of Federal Tertiary Institutions to enhance academic activities,” Fashola added.
In a statement by the Press Unit of the Ministry of Works and Housing, the roads, which are among the 18 completed out of Federal Government’s 43 road intervention projects in tertiary institutions across the country, include the Health Centre, Hostel and Smat Roads. Awarded in 2018 and completed the same year, work done on the roads includes construction and asphalting of Health Centre and Hostel Roads and rehabilitation of Smat Road.
Speaking on behalf of the Vice Chancellor, Professor Francis Chukwuemeka Eze, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics), Professor Ndukwe James Okeudo thanked the Government for the road project and promised that the institution will maintain the facility. “The Senate, Council and the entire Management are very grateful that FUTO was singled out as a beneficiary. We thank Mr. President and the Minister for this honour done to us,” Okeudo.