Hostel accommodation has often been a nagging problem in Universities across Nigeria little wonders why Bayelsa State Government is bracing up to the challenge in order not to have same situation in Federal University Otuoke.
This has led to the commissioning of Onuebum Road Hostel in Otuoke, Ogbia L.G.A of Bayelsa State a property to be under rental for 2 years.
Secretary to Bayelsa State Government, Prof. Edmund Allison Oguru performed the official handing over ceremony by presenting keys to the Hostel to Vice Chancellor Federal University Otuoke Prof. Mobolaji Aluko.
The SSG in his remark said Bayelsa State Government recognizes education as key to development and will not relent in its efforts to support education at all levels while expressing gratitude to the Federal Government for setting a Federal University in Bayelsa State which he hoped will improve the educational Standard in the State.
The SSG assured the section of Students who had turned up to witness the handing over ceremony that although the Hostel Facility is a temporary arrangement, Government is working out a long term plan to build a permanent Hostel at the expiration of the present rent in 2 years.
Responding on behalf of Staff and Students, Vice Chancellor of Federal University Otuoke, Prof. Mobolaji Aluko, thanked Bayelsa State Government for the gesture. He further commended Government for the quick response to a “Save our Soul” sent to them to ease accommodation challenges of the Institution
The Vice Chancellor further pointed out the need to also provide Staff accommodation urged Students to be of good conduct.
The Registrar of the University, Sir. David Souwari remarked that the gesture by the Bayelsa State Government is clear demonstration of its concern for Students comfort.
The Onuebum Road Hostel consists of 52 Units and is proposed for Male Students only, expected to house a minimum of 400 Students. However Students are not likely to take up residence immediately as more work needs to be carried out on the property to make it more habitable e.g. the treatment and enhancement of the water borehole.
The handing over ceremony of Onuebum Road Hostel to Federal University Otuoke is the latest addition to Hostel accommodation after President Goodluck Jonathan’s Mother, Mama Eunice Aye Jonathan donated one in August 9, 2013.
Principal Staff, Deans, Heads of Departments and other Staff of Federal University also witnessed the Handing over ceremony.
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