Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) is supporting the construction of residential halls at the Parakou University, the country's second public university, according to a government official.
The project at the country's second public university, at a total cost of US$4 million or 2,484,000,000 francs CFA, is financed up to US$3.
20 million by BADEA and the rest through the state budget, Higher Education and Scientific Research Minister, Vicencia Boco, said here at a meeting with a BADEA delegation which has been visiting Benin since Saturday.
The project seeks to improve the conditions and teaching standards, increase the number of students in the university by increasing accommodation capacity, and better health conditions.
It will also help reduce absenteeism caused by unhealthy living conditions in dormitories inhabited by 448 students from remote areas.
The first phase of the project comprises the construction of two university campuses, provision of furniture to cater for 22 percent of the students.
Besides, the project covers civil engineering works in the two halls of residence each comprising a 3,882 square metre-three-storey building.