Alumni Association of the University of Ibadan has tasked its members nationwide and in the Diaspora to come to the aid of the institution as it embarks on the construction of a 54-bedroom Post-Graduate hostel to ease problem of students’ accommodation on the campus.
The President of the association, Dr. Kemi Emina told journalists in the Oyo State capital Thursday that the N190million Hostel project, located at the Ajibode end of the campus currently at roofing stage would be completed and formally handed over to the University authorities in November this year during the Convocation ceremonies.
While noting that “the University of Ibadan is worst hit by the economic recession, compared with other tertiary institutions in the country, knowing that UI is top heavy, with most of the infrastructures already ageing”, Dr. Emina observed that government alone cannot single-handedly satisfy the needs of the institution.
“Our target is to build ten of such structures on the University campus in the next ten to fifteen years,” the UI Alumni President said while urging members who are yet to play their part to key into the project without further delay.
He said: “We want the University of Ibadan to remain the first and the best. We are therefore calling on the over 200,000 alumnus of the UI to come to the aid of the University at this critical time of the economic recession which is not only peculiar to Nigeria, but worldwide. If individual alumnus continue to give us N1,000 every year, then we will be making over N1billion a year for the development of the University.”
Dr. Emina who observed that the recession would soon be over, called on government to be focused in its approach towards resolving the economic crisis.
He therefore enjoined citizenry to exercise more patience as government explores ways to ending the hardship.