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FG Invest N189m in UNIJOS Road Project

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The federal government has invested N189 million in a two-kilometer road network at the University of Jos (UNIJOS).

According to Mr. Abdullahi Abdullahi, the university’s Deputy Registrar, Information, the intervention was awarded for the construction and rehabilitation of the road linking the Naraguta Hostel gate to the Abuja Hostel at the university’s permanent site under the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing.

Mr. Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Works and Housing, who was represented by a deputy director in the ministry and Mr. Usman Abubakar, Plateau State Controller of Works, revealed this at the transfer of the project site at the university’s permanent location.

The intervention, according to the minister, is part of the ministry’s initiatives that UNIJOS has yet to benefit from.

Fashola informed the university that standards would not be jeopardized because all materials used will be submitted to the appropriate testing processes to ensure quality.

He stated that the two-kilometer road project will include bush removal,  pothole filling, road surfacing, and drainage and culvert building, all of which will be done in three months.

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.

Prof. Tanko Ishaya, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), also spoke, praising the federal government’s early intervention in creating secure and comfortable transit routes in the institution.

Tanko, who remarked that the initiative will go a long way toward alleviating the issues that the university faces, particularly during the rainy season, hoped that more interventions like this would be brought to the campus.
Mrs. Halima Auta, the university’s Director of Physical Facilities, praised the gesture, calling it a “unique privilege” granted to the university.

Mr. Sajo Mohammed, the Project Contractor and Chief Executive Officer of Jurmi Development Company guaranteed the institution that the company will not betray the trust placed in it and that the university is a valued client.

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