The University of Ilorin has entered into separate discussions with two private estate developers – Crossgate Designs and Hadrat Building and Estate Management Services – for the construction of 6, 000-bed hostels on campus on Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) agreement.
While Crossgate is proposing to build a 5, 000 bed hostel, Hadrat is planning a 1,000 bed hostel.
The representative of Crossgate, Mr. Abdurauf Ojo, who is a 1996 graduate of the University, disclosed that the company intends to do the project in phases, saying that 200 bed spaces would be completed by February next year while the whole project would be completed by 2016.
The Hadrat Building and Estate Management Services presented a similar proposal through its Project Manager, Mr. Z. Oladotun, who said that his company has an impressive track record, which attests to expertise in Civil Engineering in Nigeria. He also said that his company was ready to comply with the regulations of the University.
In his response, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. (Mrs.) N. Y. S. Ijaiya, appreciated the investors, noting that the University is in need of accommodation for its teeming students population and all that the investors have to do is to concur with the rules and regulations of the University.
In his remarks, the University Director of Physical Planning Unit, Engr. Ademola Adesiyun, said that the University is ready to take the developers to the site as soon as they submit the drawings of their proposed buildings, which must include the electrical design.
Engr. Adesiyun noted that the University has a standard Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for all its friends so that the University will deal with each one of its partners on a uniform platform.
The Director also disclosed that the University does not enter into a partnership for a hostel accommodation that is less than 200 bed spaces, which must be completed within a year because the institution does not like having vacant lands around. He stressed that the University is always keen about the quality of its buildings because the structures are public facilities.
In another development, the University has also begun discussions with an agricultural company, Deen Crowns Farms and Dairy, for the establishment of a plantain plantation on campus.
In his own presentation, Mr. Hussain Faizudeen, the Farm Manager of Deen Crowns Farms and Dairy, said that his organisation is proposing to establish a plantain plantation on the University campus and explained that this was the first time the company was doing such project though they rare cattle in Ogun State.
Responding again to this proposal, the Director of the Physical Planning Unit (PPU), engr. Adesiyun noted that the University does not lease out lands for more than five years because it keeps developing.
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