Seriki Adinoyi in Jos
The federal government has embarked on a two-kilometre road network in the University of Jos (UNIJOS) worth N189 million.
According to a statement by the Deputy Registrar, Information of the university, Mr. Abdullahi Abdullahi, the intervention, under the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, was awarded for the construction and rehabilitation of the road linking the Naraguta Hostel gate to the Abuja Hostel at the permanent site of the university.
He added that the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, who was represented by a deputy director in the ministry and Plateau State Controller of Works, Mr. Usman Abubakar, disclosed this during the handover of the project site at the permanent site of the university.
The minister said the intervention is part of activities which the ministry undertakes that UNIJOS was yet to benefit from.
He explained that the two-kilometre road project comprises bush clearing, discaffication of existing failed sections, patching of potholes, overlaying of the road and construction of drainages and culverts, all to be completed within a space of three months.
Fashola assured the university that standards will not be compromised as all materials that will be used would be subjected to the relevant testing procedures to ensure that quality is maintained.
The Acting Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Gray Ejikime, who also doubles as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), expressed gratitude to the federal government for contributing to the growth and development of the institution and for also transforming and adding value to the face of the university.
Ejikeme said the road, if completed, will reduce the difficulties encountered by staff, students and visitors to the university, urging the contractor to expedite action and ensure quality and timely delivery of the project.
Also speaking, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Tanko Ishaya, appreciated the timely intervention of the federal government in providing safe and comfortable routes of transportation in the university.
Tanko, who noted that the project will go a long way in ameliorating the challenges faced especially during the rainy season, hoped that more of such intervention will come to the university.
The Director of Physical Facilities of the university, Mrs. Halima Auta, appreciated the gesture, describing it as a rare privilege extended to the university.
The Project Contractor and Chief Executive Officer of Jurmi Development Company, Mr. Sajo Mohammed, assured the university that the company will not betray the trust bestowed on it, more so that it considers the university as a valued client.
He expressed optimism that the company will deliver on the project before the end of the contractual period.