Edo State Government has set a seven-month target for contractors handling the first phase of the reconstruction work on the College of the Agriculture and Natural Resources, with campuses in Iguoriakhi, Agenebode and Uromi to complete the project.
The Administrative Office of the college located at Iguoriakhi campus, will house the School of Agricultural Technology and Engineering, while the other two campuses to be located at Agenebode and Uromi will house other schools.
At the pre-construction planning meeting held at the college premises in Iguoriakhi, the contractors, Sageto Limited and Global Link, expressed optimism to complete the project in seven months as scheduled.
The state Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Richard Uyi Edebiri, however, said: “We want to continue the rebirth of College of Agriculture at Iguoriakhi. When you have a responsive and responsible government, this is what you get.
Indeed, because Governor Godwin Obaseki was not pleased with the dilapidated condition of the college, he paved way for the transformation of the college to a befitting tertiary institution.”
He added: “The essence of the reconstruction is to help to train the desired manpower to harness the potentials in the agricultural sector. The contractors would commence site-work immediately and we are positive that within the shortest possible time the project is going to be completed.
“Though, the contractors gave us a time-frame of seven months, we have made it clear to them to make sure they agree to the terms and conditions of the project. That is why it is very important that they move to site immediately because we do not have the time to waste. They need to be up and running so that the students can come back here.”
On his part, the Lead Consultant for the reconstruction project, Mr. Giles Omezi, said: “We are here for the pre-construction planning. The contractors are moving to site immediately, while work will commence in earnest. We are expected to build one administrative block and a dormitory, which will take about 1,000 students.