Ek­iti var­sity to pro­vide hos­tels for 6,000 stu­dents

The Punch - - EDUCATION - Abio­dun Nejo, Ado Ek­iti

The Vice-chan­cel­lor of Ek­iti State Univer­sity, Ado Ek­iti, Prof Ed­ward Ola­nipekun, has said that the in­sti­tu­tion will in­au­gu­rate hos­tels for 6,000 stu­dents in Oc­to­ber.

Ola­nipekun, who said his ad­min­is­tra­tion would change the face of the univer­sity es­tab­lished on a non-res­i­den­tial ba­sis, with the pro­vi­sion of de­cent ac­com­mo­da­tion for the stu­dents, said this dur­ing a New Year pro­gramme held on the main cam­pus of the univer­sity.

he said, “Apart from this, ar­range­ments have been con­cluded to pro­vide res­i­den­tial quar­ters for the prin­ci­pal of­fi­cers of the univer­sity and other staff on cam­pus.

“The in­ten­tion of this is to en­sure that more staff live on cam­pus, with a view to chang­ing the face of the cam­pus and in­ject­ing more life into the univer­sity, which is al­most des­o­late par­tic­u­larly at nights,” he said.

Ola­nipekun said the in­sti­tu­tion would soon sign mem­o­randa of un­der­stand­ing with some gen­uine in­vestors in or­der to ac­cel­er­ate the de­vel­op­ment of its in­fra­struc­ture and fa­cil­i­ties.

The VC, who so­licited stake­hold­ers’ sup­port to ac­tu­alise his dreams for the in­sti­tu­tion, re­minded the gath­er­ing that the univer­sity had zero tol­er­ance for any form of mis­con­duct, in­clud­ing gen­der-based vi­o­lence.

he warned that man­age­ment of the univer­sity would not con­done any act of in­dis­ci­pline, in­clud­ing sex­ual ha­rass­ment, among its stu­dents and staff, say­ing that those found cul­pa­ble would be made to face ap­pro­pri­ate sanc­tions.

Ola­nipekun added that the cen­tral lab­o­ra­tory, which would be equipped with state-of-the-art fa­cil­i­ties, would be opened to mem­bers of the univer­sity com­mu­nity and the gen­eral pub­lic soon.

“This will, no doubt, at­tract re­searchers from other ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions within and out­side Ek­iti State, thus im­prov­ing the in­ter­nally gen­er­ated rev­enue of the univer­sity”.

he said the in­sti­tu­tion would make more ef­forts to part­ner glob­ally rocog­nised and world class in­sti­tu­tions to put the name of the univer­sity on the world map and im­prove its rank­ing on the list of ac­claimed uni­ver­si­ties.

“The Ad­vance­ment and Link­age Direc­torate will be re­vi­talised for bet­ter ser­vice de­liv­ery. The Direc­torate will re­ceive ad­e­quate sup­port from man­age­ment to en­able it to meet up with its enor­mous chal­lenges,” he said.

Ola­nipekun also promised to pro­vide in­cen­tives that would im­prove pro­duc­tiv­ity in re­search ar­eas that are driven by the needs of the so­ci­ety.

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