UNIJOS con­structs foot­bridge to curb floods

Daily Trust - - PROPERTY - From Hir Joseph, Jos

Re­lief has come the way of stu­dents of the Univer­sity of Jos (UNIJOS) with the con­struc­tion of a lengthy foot bridge to link their hos­tels and lec­ture halls.

The bridge links the Vil­lage Hos­tels to the school’s per­ma­nent site along Gada Bi­uBauchi Road Junction stretch­ing over a stream which usu­ally over­flow its banks with storm wa­ters any­time it rained.

The con­struc­tion of the foot­bridge is part of the laud­able ef­forts to mark the univer­sity’s 40th an­niver­sary and joint con­vo­ca­tion, Vice Chan­cel­lor, Pro­fes­sor Hayward Ba­bale Ma­fuyai told news­men at the com­mis­sion­ing, last week.

Pro­fes­sor Ma­fuyai said over the years, the is­sue of se­cu­rity for both staff and stu­dents of the Univer­sity have been of para­mount im­por­tance as many find it dif­fi­cult to cross the river when it rains.

It will be re­called that a stu­dent of the univer­sity had lost his life three years ago, while try­ing to cross the river af­ter it had rained. The stu­dent, in an ef­fort to save him­self, got drowned while other stu­dents, who ral­lied round to save his life, were stranded, watch­ing him strug­gle till the tides washed him away.

Thus, to avoid other ca­su­al­ties for both staff and stu­dents of the in­sti­tu­tion, es­pe­cially dur­ing the rainy sea­son, the foot­bridge was built, Pro­fes­sor Ma­fuyai said.

He fur­ther ex­plained that the newly con­structed foot­bridge will aid vis­ually im­paired stu­dents of the univer­sity who are also res­i­dents of the Vil­lage hos­tel, say­ing it will help them in their mo­bil­ity.

The Engi­neer in charge of the pro­ject, Engr. Sa­muel Oyafemi said the bridge was com­pleted even be­fore the stip­u­lated time, adding that the need to see the stu­dents ex­cel well in their aca­demics pro­pelled the pro­ject to be com­pleted in due time.

Ejire Em­manuel, a stu­dent of Mass Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, who re­sides in the vil­lage hos­tel, said the con­struc­tion has brought im­mense re­lief to stu­dents there. “It is a huge re­lief, I must say. We were tak­ing longer routes to classes any­time it rained, but the ex­pe­ri­ence now is so won­der­ful; we now walk straight from the ho­tels to the per­ma­nent cam­pus. Thanks to the VC and the man­age­ment,” Em­manuel said.

The newly con­structed foot bridge at the Univer­sity of Jos

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