FG Embarks on N189m Road Project in UNIJOS


Seriki Adinoyi in Jos

The federal government has earmarked the sum of N189 million for the construction of a two-kilometer road in the University of Jos.

The intervention, under the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing (FMWH), 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.

The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, disclosed this during the handover of the project site at the permanent site of the university.

Fashola was represented by the Controller of Works, Plateau State, Mr. Usman Abubakar.

He explained that the two-kilometer road project comprised of 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 that standards would 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 University of Jos, Professor Gray Ejikime, who 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 completion of the road project would reduce the difficulties encountered by staff, students and visitors to the university and urged the contractor to expedite action and ensure quality and timely delivery of the project.

Also speaking, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Tanko Ishaya, appreciated the timely intervention of the federal government in providing safe and comfortable routes of transportation in the university.

Tanko noted that the project would go a long way in ameliorating the challenges faced during the rainy season.

He hoped that more of such intervention would come to the university.

The Director of Physical Facilities, University of Jos, Mrs. Halima Auta, described the road construction as a rare privilege extended to the university.

Project Contractor and Chief Executive Officer of Jurmi Development Company, Mr. Sajo Mohammed, assured that the company would not betray the trust bestowed on it. Mohammed expressed optimism that the company would deliver on the project before the end of the contractual period.