The Kwara State University has assured students of its commitment to providing standard accommodation on campus.
The institution’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Muhammed Mustapha Akanbi SAN, gave the assurance at the foundation laying ceremony of the KWASU Students Smart City Project.
While addressing prospective investors, Akanbi pointed out that one of his cardinal objectives, when he assumed office as substantive Vice Chancellor of KWASU, is to ensure adequate and conducive students’ hostels on campus.
“Having as many KWASU students as possible living together on campus will help them develop a unique culture which every KWASU alumni can proudly identify within the future.
“Moving students from Malete town to campus started as a dream and by September we will see this place come alive and bloom like the Lotus flower,” he said.
He stressed that the school would continue to encourage mutually beneficial relations with surrounding communities and he assured that it would be of long-term benefit to those communities if students can be moved to campus.
“Keeping students in town can disrupt a pristine culture which can cause irreversible social dislocation to such communities. The Institution cannot continue to keep a large percentage of its student population living off campus as quite a number of them are susceptible to negative influences which are beyond the control of the University,” he lamented.
The Vice-Chancellor, during the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement with four investors, assured that the construction of the KWASU Students Smart City will commence soon.
He appealed to the contractors not to abandon the project halfway as the University will give them the necessary support to deliver the project on time.
“KWASU does not engage in abandoned projects. We will not start a project of that magnitude only for the contractors to leave site. On our part, we promise to keep fidelity with any contractor we work with, we will show utmost good faith because it is in our interest that this scheme comes to fruition,” he added.
In his remarks, the Director of Physical Planning Unit, Architect Sulaiman explained that the University would not spend any money as the investors had the financial and technical capacity to undertake the project within the specified period of time.
Sulaiman disclosed that buildings in the Students Smart City will be in clusters and each cluster will accommodate a maximum of 1120 bed spaces.
“14 clusters will be developed in the first phase and this will provide over 15 thousand bed spaces with attendant infrastructures,” he concluded.