The Federal Government has completed 29 road intervention projects in tertiary institutions and teaching hospitals across the country.
The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, made this known on Thursday in Maiduguri while handing over a 2.5km road completed by the ministry at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH).
Represented by the Borno Federal Comproller of Works, Mr Amos Tongman, the minister said the 29 roads were part of the 43 road projects currently going on in tertiary institutions across Nigeria.
“To date, 29 roads intervention projects have been completed with 17 already handed over in 2020.
“Today, we hand over this one in UMTH as a critical intervention to support education.
“And the point must be made that although this is civil works project, it is an investment in education,” Fashola said.
He explained that about 80 people were employed directly and indirectly in the execution of the project.
The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of UMTH, Prof. Ahmed Ahijo, lauded the federal government for the project which he said was among many others handled by the Ministry of Works and Housing in the hospital.
Ahijo, who named the road after Fashola to show appreciation for the projects, urged for more interventions in roads to complete the remaining five kilometres in the hospital.
“We are fortunate to be able to witness this handing over occassion of road rehabilitation by Ministry of Works and Housing.
“Thank you for your tremendous support in bringing out our landmark projects which was commissioned by Mr President in 2020,” Ahijo said.
Some staff and medical students in the teaching hospital, who spoke on the road project, also commended government for the intervention.
They said it would impact positively on development, particularly in areas of infrastructure and learning environment in the hospital.