The Federal Government on Thursday inaugurated and handed over the 2.1- kilometre road network at the National Institute of Nigerian Languages (NINLAN) Aba to the management.
In an address at the brief ceremony, the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola said the project brought to 29, the total number of internal roads built and handed over to the managements of some of the nation’s tertiary institutions.
Fashola, represented by the Federal Controller of Works in Abia, Mr Bede Obioha said the Federal Government was intervening in 43 roads in tertiary institutions in the country.
He said that two of the projects were sited in Abia and that the second, measuring one kilometre at the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, was nearing completion.
“The gap in our infrastructure needs is steadily being bridged by a gradual process of repairs, renewal and construction on major highways and it has reached schools.
“It is undebatable that the quality of education will be impacted by the quality of infrastructure and the learning environment,” he said.
He said the development had engendered great joy and enthusiasm among the students of the benefitting institutions.
The minister described the government’s initiative as “an investment in education” and urged the school’s managements to ensure proper use of the infrastructure.
He further said that the project also helped to create jobs for 40 youths, who were engaged during its construction.
In his remarks, the Executive Director of NINLAN, Prof. Obiajulu Emejulu said the Federal Government’s intervention, which he described as “unprecedented”, had raised the profile of the institute.
“This brand new road network is now complementing our brand new National Certificate of Education programmes and giving a sense of belonging to both the students and workers,” Emejulu said.
He said the institute had suffered “untold marginalisation” since its inception 28 years ago.
According to him, NINLAN is not covered by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) hence has not benefited from its intervention.
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