The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kolawole Salako has paid an on-the-spot inspection visit to the on-going rehabilitation work being carried out on the Camp/Alabata road and expressed satisfaction with the level of work done.
Professor Salako who noted that the road was in a much better state than it had been in the last few years, appreciated the Federal Government for its support towards the rehabilitation work being done, even as he solicited for more support through prompt disbursement of funds to ensure that the project is completed in good time.
According to him, “I think the contractors are moving at the pace they should, about a week ago, they stopped work not because they wanted
to but because they were expecting to be paid. Generally contractors will not work if they are not paid but I pray that they are constantly paid by the Federal Government”.
The Vice-Chancellor cleared the misconception about the work being done on the road, stressing that it is a rehabilitation and not a construction work, which he assured will be far better that the former state of the road.
Professor Salako who expressed concern over speeding on the road even in its present state, disclosed that speed breakers will be constructed as a preventive measure.
The Vice Chancellor added that a drainage system for the road was not part of the bill of quantities for the road rehabilitation, explaining that, “The amount that we budgeted was not given by the Federal Government. The approval we got was 50 per cent of what we budgeted
and that 50 per cent of what we budgeted was eventually reduced to 30 per cent of the 50 per cent”.
According to him, “We were lucky as a University to have gotten 30 per cent of our capital budget and are getting more, anyway. All these things go with proper administration so people should not assume that a contract like this is something that you get all the money and start implementing just like that. We are working according to funds currently available and we hope to keep improving on it year in, year out if we keep getting more funds for the road.
Speaking on what to look forward to in the year 2019, the Vice-Chancellor said, “We will keep progressing as a University. I am not the
kind of person that will hatch his eggs before they are laid but I want to assure you that there will be more achievements. We have already started and the road is not even the first. Don’t forget that we started with the Cassava factory between November 2017 and April 2018, so we expect that now that we have consolidated, we are going to make more progress working with the available fund”.
Sharing his New year wishes for staff, students and all other stakeholders of the University, Professor Salako declared that “I wish everybody to be blessed by God abundantly. Everybody should wish
FUNAAB well”, he said.