By Gabriel Enogholase
BENINâ€”THE Federal Government plans to inject N5.5billion into the University of Benin to upgrade infrastructure facilities in the institution.
This was disclosed yesterday in Benin when a seven-man delegation of the Federal Government, led by Dr. Tarilah Tebepah, a member of Education Trust Fund (ETF), held an interactive session with members of the governing council, management and staff of the university.
Dr. Tebepah disclosed that the Federal Governmentâ€™s choice of University of Benin for the special capital projectsâ€™ intervention of the Education Trust Fund was as a result of the huge impact the institution has made in national development, especially in the area of manpower training.
According to him, â€œUniversity of Benin was chosen in this geo-political zone because of its track record in academics and being the oldest federal educational institution in the zoneâ€.
The team also informed the university community that President Musa Yarâ€™Adua and Education Minister, Dr. Sam Egwu, have given marching orders to the ETF and other agencies involved in the actualization of the special intervention programme to ensure that there was no room for laxity, as all capital projects must be completed on schedule.
He said the Federal Government was worried over the appalling situation of infrastructural facilities of federal universities across the country, and the inability of Nigerian universities to be counted amongst the high-profile tertiary institutions in African and at the global level.
Responding, the Acting Vice-Chancellor, University of Benin, Prof. E. P. Kubeyinje, assured the team that specific capital projects without any illegal inhibitions, have been identified for the ETF intervention.
He said the university community was keen on the success of intervention because the institution had many abandoned projects, and enough room for new ones.