Succour may have come the way of Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan (UI) as the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Abel Idowu Olayinka laid the foundation of a new gigantic building which is expected to provide classrooms, offices, utility rooms among others.
The new building which costs N600million is facilitated by the entire 2015/16 Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund ) Capital Project of the university comprising six storeys (five suspended floors) with 200 capacity-lecture hall, 150 capacity lecture lecture hall, lecturers’ offices, toilets, utility rooms, service rooms among others.
In his remarks, the VC recalled that his assessment of the University’s needs while vying for the position in 2014/15 indicated that both Faculties of Arts and Education suffered the most acute shortage of office space for staff and lecture rooms for students, adding that, the problem in Faculty of Education was already being addressed with the construction of a new building as well.
Prof. Olayinka hinted that the old building in Faculty of Arts was put in place in 1974, stressing that the ever growing student population compelled the need to expand the existing facilities.
He appealed to the contractor to ensure value for money by delivering quality service, assuring that the money for the job was available, hence there should not be delay in completing the project on time.
Responding, the Chairman and the General Managing Director of UYK Nigeria Limited, Alhaji Usman Kansila Yahaya promised that the project would be of high standard and the completion period will be adhered to, boasting that every stakeholder would be proud of it when it is completed.
According to Alhaji Yahaya, “quality is the hallmark of our company. I want to assure you that by August 2019, this project will be completed.
Earlier, the Dean of the Faculty, Prof. Ademola Omobewaji Dasylva had thanked the VC for his efforts to ensure that the university gets better everyday.