FUTO bridge may soon collapse, VC cries out
WORRIED by the cracks threatening the bridge linking the administrative block of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, to the institution’s main campus, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Francis Eze, has raised the alarm that the structure may soon collapse.
Eze attributed the cracks and the dilapidated state of the bridge to the high rate of excavation of sand from the river by the host communities.
The vice-chancellor also expressed dissatisfaction over encroachment into the land of the university by host communities.
Briefing journalists on Friday, Eze said some unidentified persons, in the night, had been illegally excavating sand, thereby undermining the bridge.
Eze cautioned that the repair of the bridge would gulp a large sum of money if it was allowed to collapse.
He added, “If the bridge collapses, the money from the excavated sand and fish pond by the host communities, which also goes into their purse cannot build it.
“It will take a whooping sum of money for it to be reconstructed. With its failure also, FUTO will be divided into two campuses because there will be no way to link up with the other side of the campus from the administrative block and vice versa.
“This administration will want FUTO to grow. We want to leave it better than we met it. Universities are established to last forever; so, if we don’t have where to expand, that aim is defeated.
“It is very painful that FUTO, which is the biggest investment of the Federal Government here in Imo State, is being toyed with.”