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Sanwo-Olu approves construction of 5,800 capacity hostel at Lagos university

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Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s visit to the Ikorodu campus of the Lagos State University of Science and Technology (LASUSTECH) on Wednesday took members of the academic community by surprise. But the campus was agog with excitement as students trooped out to give him a rousing welcome.

Sanwo-Olu was on the campus for an inspection of the ongoing construction of the Central Administrative Office and ancillary buildings, which are parts of the requirements for the smooth transition and operation of the university.

Early this year, Lagos State Polytechnic was upgraded to a University of Science and Technology, alongside Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education in Ijanikin, which transited to a University of Education.

Both schools met the requirements set by the National Universities Commission to assume full status of degree-awarding institutions.

Aerial view of the ongoing administrative building project at Lagos University of Science and Technology, Ikorodu

Led by their leaders, students formed rings round Sanwo-Olu’s convoy, chanting various aluta slogans to receive the Governor and his entourage, including the Special Adviser on Education, Hon. Tokunbo Wahab.

Sanwo-Olu proceeded to the construction site to inspect the level of work on the university’s Senate Chamber and administrative office buildings, confirming that the projects were at about 70 per cent completion.

The Governor disclosed that the state government had signed the contract for the construction of a 5,800-capacity hall of residence through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model. The move, Sanwo-Olu said, is to make the new university an on-campus institution.

He said: “We are happy that Lagos State University of Science and Technology has taken on a life of its own. The project has left the drawing board to gradually become reality we can all behold. When these buildings are completed, we will be starting another construction of a 750-capacity Lecture Theatre.

“We will also be replicating the same model we have in Lagos State University (LASU) to ensure the new university becomes an on-campus accommodation school. We have already awarded a contract for development of 5,800-capacity accommodation for students through the PPP model”.

Students presented Sanwo-Olu’s branded portrait in a show of appreciation for the upgrade of the polytechnic to a degree-awarding institution, while also making fresh requests for which they sought the Governor’s assistance.

Students’ Union Government (SUG) president, Aderemi Balogun appealed to the Governor for a bus scheme that would ensure seamless movement of students from Isolo campus to Ikorodu campus and back. The union leader also pleaded with the Governor to clear the air on proposed fees for the new university.

Responding, Sanwo-Olu donated two high-capacity buses to the SUG to aid students’ mobility to and from the two campuses. The announcement was greeted with spontaneous jubilation as the students chorused: “You are a leader…may God preserve our Governor and strengthen him to do more”.

Sanwo-Olu cleared the air on the rumoured fee – said to be around N200,000 – to be paid by students as a result of the school’s upgrade. He emphasised that there had been no memo either from the school management or the state government announcing any fee, calming the students and assuring them that his government would not burden them unnecessarily.

Special Adviser on Education to the Lagos State Governor, Mr Tokunbo Wahab (thirdright); Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu (middle); Vice-Chancellor, Lagos State University of Science and Technology, Dr Oluremi Olaleye and others, during the Governor’s inspection of the ongoing projects at the institution on Wednesday

The Governor also promised extensive renovation of the SUG building as requested by the students, while promising to work with the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to upgrade the school’s sporting complex to a full-fledged stadium.

Sanwo-Olu said: “On the school fee, there is no truth in the rumour making the rounds. The information is speculative. The university management has not mentioned to me that this is the amount of fee they want to charge students coming for degree programmes. The information is not true. Let it happen first and allow me to take charge. No fee has been announced.

“On your request for a befitting SUG building, you need to be patient with me. We will first renovate the current students’ arcade but we will take time to develop a purpose-built edifice for your SUG activities. You also want a stadium; I will work with the Office of SDGs to the President and see how we can build a sporting complex in this university”.

Before leaving the campus, the Governor gave the students an unsolicited gift: provision of free campus-wide high-speed Internet for their research work and other academic usage.

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