Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti (EKSU) is set to become residential
as the school management and two Private Estate Management Firms have
signed a memorandum of understanding for the construction of a
The MoU also includes the construction of residential quarters for the
Vice Chancellor and some top officials of the varsity, a move which is
aimed at deepening students-staff relationship.
The State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi commended the University
Management for initiative which he described as a “game changer” for
the University in view of its dream to rank among the best in Africa.
Dr Fayemi, who noted that the project would prevent further
encroachment on the University land, said the proposed hostel
accommodation would also meet the yearnings of students who have at
various times complained about the high cost of rent in the Varsity
The governor, who assured of support for the success of the project,
said he was aware that the University Management would not manage the
hostel accommodation but would regulate the activities of the
investors who are putting up the structure in the overall interest of
While reacting to the firms claim that the buildings would be
completed by October 2020, the governor warned against unrealistic
deadline for the project, adding that the contractors must ensure that
the timeline must be accompanied by milestones to measure the progress
of work done.
Earlier, the Chairman of the University’s Governing Council, Prof Tale
Omole, had disclosed that the Varsity Management was planning to make
the University residential as the hostel will have a lawn tennis court
and a shopping mall to combine academics and leisure.
The memorandum of understanding was signed by the Vice Chancellor,
Prof Edward Olanipekun and representatives of the two firms.