Road: Our Intervention Strengthens Governments Job Creation Initiatives - Fashola
Works and Housing Minister, Babatunde Fashola,SAN has stated that the Tertiary Institutions Road Intervention Programme of his Ministry has strengthened Federal Government's job creation initiatives.
The Minister spoke during the commissioning and hand over of 1.62km internal road constructed by his Ministry to the management of the Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Research (NIFOR) at Isiuwa in Edo state.
Fashola disclosed that, the project, while it lasted, created job opportunities for over 57 Nigerians adding strength to government's job creation initiatives and noted also that the infrastructure gap was steadily being bridged in tertiary institutions.
The minister who was represented by the Federal Controller of Works, Edo state, Engr.Ademola Aransiola also said the road was part of the additional internal roads of tertiary institutions under the intervention programme of the Ministry.
He explained that, there were 43 of such roads spread across tertiary institutions in the country, of which 29 had been completed. While 17 were handed over last year, the rest including this, are being handed over simultaneously
"While it is true that a lot of work needs to be done in many sectors of our national life including education, the present government was braising up to get the work done," he said.
Similarly, the Minister explained that the aim of the project was to improve the ambience of tertiary institutions therefore according to him, the quality of education will be impacted by the quality of infrastructure on the learning environment and further enhance academic activities.
He then urged the Institute's authority and researchers to ensure the road was properly utilized and maintained.
Speaking earlier, the Acting Executive Director of Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Research, Dr. Celestine Ikuenobe expressed gratitude to the Minister who had graciously ensured approval and completion of the main access road of the Institute.
Dr. ikuenobe said he was happy about the government's intervention because the institute had borne the burden of ageing and collapsing infrastructure long enough to need total intervention.
Before the intervention, he said the main access road was in a total disrepair which negatively impacted service delivery to palms industry but the repairs have eased transportation for both staff and other road users.
Also a representative of the Governing Board of the Institute, Chief Wale Arowomole thanked the President and the Minister of Works and Housing for the laudable initiative and further requested for the rehabilitation of other road networks within the Nigeria Institute for Oil Palm Research.
A community leader, Okao of Isiuwa, Chief Ovenseri Aibueku expressed joy over the completion of the main access road seeing this as a resurgence of the good old days of the institute; the Institute was back to its former status being a beehive of activities.
Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Research is one of the foremost agricultural research institutions established in Nigeria in 1939. It plays a major role in the research and development of crops like oil palm, coconut palm, date palm, raffia palm and Shea tree.
This role is prominent and very necessary in the diversification and growth of the Nigerian economy.
THE PERMANENT SECRETARY, FMW&H, BABANGIDA HUSSAINI REPRESENTED BY ENGR. FUNSO ADEBIYI, DIRECTOR HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION AND REHABILITATION DEPARTMENT, FEDERAL CONTROLLER, NIGER STATE, ENGR. I.F. UMEH, REPRESENTATIVE OF MESSRS. SALINI NIGERIA LIMITED INSPECTING THE DUALIZATION OF SULEJA-MINNA ROAD, PHASE II, (KM 40+000-KM 101+000) CONTRACT NO. 6267 IN NIGER STATE ON THE 24TH MARCH, 2021.
The Permanent Secretary, FMW&H, Babangida Hussaini represented by Engr. Funso Adebiyi, Director Highway Construction and Rehabilitation Department, Federal Controller, Niger State, Engr. I.F. Umeh, representative of Messrs. Salini Nigeria Limited inspecting the Dualization of Suleja-Minna Road, Phase II, (KM 40+000-KM 101+000) Contract No. 6267 in Niger State on the 24th March, 2021.
THE PERMANENT SECRETARY, FMW&H, BABANGIDA HUSSAINI REPRESENTED BY ENGR. FUNSO ADEBIYI, DIRECTOR HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION AND REHABILITATION DEPARTMENT, ENGR. I.F. UMEH, FEDERAL CONTROLLER, NIGER STATE INSPECTING THE ON-GOING RECONSTRUCTION OF LAMBATA-LAPAI-BIDA ROAD IN NIGER STATE
The Permanent Secretary, FMW&H, Babangida Hussaini represented by Engr. Funso Adebiyi, Director Highway Construction and Rehabilitation Department, Engr. I.F. Umeh, Federal Controller, Niger State Inspecting the on-going reconstruction of Lambata-Lapai-Bida Road in Niger State