The Senator representing Niger East, Niger State, Senator Mohammed Sani Musa is to commence the first phase of construction at the permanent site of the Institute of Continuous Education and e-learning (ICEel) of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, as the Management hands over the site to the Contractor.
In a brief ceremony which took place in the Vice Chancellor’s office before going to site, the Project Coordinator, Hamza Baba Mustapha disclosed that the project would be in phases and would begin with the construction of Administrative block and a Lecture Theatre.
He pointed out that the project would be executed at the cost of Four Hundred Million Naira, after which they would move to the second phase according to specifications.
He appealed to the University Management to handle the construction of the gatehouse and fence, stressing that his office would work hand-in-hand with the contractor to ensure that a good job was executed.
Speaking, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Abu Kasim Adamu expressed happiness that Senator Musa fulfilled his pledge, saying that the project would enhance human capital development of the State and Paiko town in particular.
He appreciated the human capital development efforts of the Senator, especially in sponsoring indigent students on scholarship, adding that the Senator has distinguished himself as a man of honour for keeping to his promise to develop the site.
Professor Adamu, however, advised the contractor to maintain standard and quality which the University always cherished.
For the gatehouse and fence, the Vice Chancellor said the University Management will consider the option of shouldering the responsibility based on the bill of quantity and available resources at its disposal.
He thanked the Senator Musa for the laudable project and maintained that the University Management would enter into more discussions with him on the naming of the project, given his track record.
Also speaking, the Chairman of Hartcore Engineering Services, Alhaji Kabiru Sarki Bello disclosed that the project would take four months to be completed.
In his remarks, the Managing Director of Hartcore Engineering Services, Dr. Allen Hart Emeka described the handing over of site as remarkable, saying that the project when completed, would increase the internally generated revenue of the University, with lot of business opportunities for Paiko community.
Dr. Allen maintained that the company does not compromise standard and quality, as every detail in the drawing would be accommodated.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic, Professor Mohammed Aliyu Paiko, the Bursar, Mohammed Alfa Daniyan; and the Director of the Institute, Dr. Nuhu Ango described the project as a big intervention by an individual, and expressed gratitude to the Senator for taking the bull by the horns.
The Registrar, Alhaji Idris Saleh Kusherki said the handing over of the project site, marks the beginning of a robust relationship.