The hope of the authorities of the University of Ilorin to substantially reduce the hostel accommodation challenges on the campus may soon come to fruition as a private developer has vowed to complete the construction of a 1000-room hostel facility in the institution by August 2014.
This news was broken to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, and members of his management team last Wednesday (June 5, 2013) by the Managing Director of Alpha-Morgan Capital, Mr. Ade Buraimoh.
Mr. Buraimoh, who was briefing the University management on the progress made on the project, disclosed that the company had decided to scale up the initial plan of 300 rooms to 3,000 rooms, which he explained would be completed in three phases.
He pointed out that the first phase of 1,000 rooms will be ready for use by August next year.
He said that the company had contacted one of the leading architectural companies in Nigeria to design and build the hostels. This, he explained, was necessary to avoid any breakdown on the project and to ensure that it is completed within the proposed date of completion.
Mr. Buraimoh disclosed that the proposed hostel buildings will consist of three floors for undergraduate students and four floors for postgraduate students.
In his response, the Vice-Chancellor commended the effort of the company, saying that the University was anxiously awaiting the commencement of the project.
Prof. Ambali assured Mr. Braimoh that the University management was making efforts to provide utilities on the campus, pointing out that plans were on going to expand water supply on the campus and to have a dedicated line from the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) to guarantee regular electricity supply.
The Vice-Chancellor however told the developer that the University has a tradition of not having abandoned projects.
He maintained that apart from being known for its academic excellence, the University of Ilorin also wants to be known for having good aesthetic environment and charged the investor to use the hostel project to add aesthetic value to the University.
With the Vice-Chancellor at the meeting were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. R. A. Lawal; the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services),
Prof. Y. M. Fakunle; the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (RTI)
Prof. F. A. Oladele; the Registrar, Mr. E. D. Obafemi; the Bursar
Mr. Ayo Sijuwola; the University Librarian, Dr. J. O. Omoniyi; the Director, Physical Planning Unit
Mr. A. Adesiyun; the Director of Works
Mr. M. S. Sanni; the Director, Legal Services
Mr. Dare Akanbi and the Deputy Director, Corporate Affairs
Mr. K. I. Akogun.
On the Alpha Morgan Capital team at the meeting were Miss Tosin Ilesanmi, Mr. Franklin Ndubiokwu and Toyin Cowlerick from ATO Architects Ltd.