The management of the University of Ilorin has concluded arrangements with a private company, Origin Group to build additional 2,500-room hostel with 5,000-bed capacity to ease the acute shortage of hostel accommodation on campus.
Speaking during a meeting with representatives of the company in his office recently, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali said the idea of engaging private developers was principally to move a larger percentage of the students into the campus.
Ambali explained that the University could only effectively instill moral and academic discipline in its students if the students are within the confines of the campus.
He maintained that Unilorin gives priority attention to sound and qualitative education so that its students would be found worthy both in learning and character. This he said informed their plan to build another set of modern hostel accommodation under the Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) arrangement in the interest of the students.
Ambali explained that the BOT arrangement was in line with the Federal Government’s standing rules which stipulate that developers can build, operate and transfer the ownership of the building to the University authority after 21 years of operation.
He therefore advised the management of Origin Group to be strategic in its approach and come up with standard structures that would stand the test of time and urged the company not to compromise standard.
Source: Daily Trust.