Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has declined to commit financially to the National Institute of Construction Technology, NICT Uromi, but commended the Federal Government for the foresight deployed in establishing the national institute in the state.
This was on Thursday, at the Edo State Government House in Benin City, where the governor received members of the institute’s governing council and management, who paid him a courtesy visit.
Governor Obaseki identified construction as one of the challenges facing the country Nigeria, and suggested the country could develop its own technology to construct roads using locally sourced materials to enable cost reduction.
On the issue of financial assistance from the state government, he said his administration was built on truth and could not make any promises.
The Governor, however, said the importance of such institutions as NICT cannot be overstated.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the Governing Council of NICT Uromi, Prof. David Adewumi, disclosed that the Institution, which was established on the 26th of July 2014, had about four programmes accredited, and in need of financial support.
He called on the state government to support the institution financially for fast-tracking development of its permanent site; accreditation of courses, and provision of utility vehicles.