-By: Adedokun Seyi
A newly built six two-bedroom flats have been commissioned by the vice chancellor, Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka on 22, June 2018 in a bid to quell the imbroglio of staff quarters inadequacies.
While commissioning the new staff quarters which was built through direct labour by a technical committee assembled from different departments, the vice chancellor expressed joy at the feat, remarking that the professional competence of the academic community would be strengthened if “this kind of project is regularly undertaken by us”.
According to him, “we taught students who go out and become building contractors, we too can do it. This beautiful building has confirmed that we have the expertise to do it. If we can be building a structure like this every year, we would have been able to substantially reduce the accommodation problem facing the staff members.”
He also said that at present, the university could manage to provide accommodation for only 20 percent of the Senior Staff members, leaving the majority to fend for themselves, stressing that the Staff productivity level will be greater if the institution could provide Staff quarters for all that want it.
The vice chancellor while praising the SSHC for the good job and transparency controlled the committee to go ahead and replicate the feat, promising that his administration would not relent in providing necessary support and wherewithals.
Prof. Yemisi Bamgbose, in her remarks, praised the committee for the good job, saying the vice chancellor appointed Prof. Musiliu Onilude who is transparent and accountable as chairman of SSHC. She said “whenever Prof. Onilude brought budgetary proposal to Council, we won’t even debate it because he would have done his calculations properly. We feel proud of him because he is an honest person.”
The SSHC Chairman, Professor Musiliu Onilude had earlier lamented the shortage of the staff quarters, pointing out that the demand which outstripped the supply necessitated the building of a new structure.
In his words, “UI today has 24 Duplexes, 166 Bungalow, 146 Blocks of Flats of 3-Bedrooms, 162 Blocks of Flats of 2-Bedrooms, and 40 Blocks of 1-Bedroom flats and 22 Chalets. These quarters are presently fully occupied by 560 families. Yet, we still have over 400 requests for accommodation.”
Professor Onilude gave a clue that the project gulped the sum of forty eight million naira.The vice chancellor has also addressed the general public on behalf of the management. In his words, he said:
“On behalf of the Management of the University, it is a great pleasure for me to be here again at Elliot Close for the Commissioning of this block of six flats whose construction has been spearheaded by the Senior Staff Housing Committee. One recalls that the turning of the sod was carried out on 14th July 2017, barely 11 months ago. The speed and efficiency of operation is highly commendable.”
“Every now and then I receive complaints from members of staff on their desire to secure suitable accommodation on-campus. There is no doubt that living on the campus can improve the productivity of our staff. Hence the Management is committed to the provision of accommodation for members of staff.”
“One can only implore the residents to ensure regular maintenance of the facility. To all the potential residents of this building, I wish you an enjoyable stay.”