In order to ease the challenges of shortage of staff accommodation on the campus of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, the authorities of the institution are set to partner with Academia City Estate (ACE), a team of estate developers.
News of this partnership came to the fore when the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) Professor Chris Ajila, received the team on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede. He informed the visitors that the University management has a committee that is looking into the accommodation issue with a view to getting an expanse of land that would be suitable for staff as housing estate.
Professor Ajila also stated that the University land statutorily belongs to the Federal Government and anything to be done on it should be for commonwealth and not to cater for the personal interest of any individual or a group of persons, without excluding staff, whether serving or retired.
He used the occasion to also call on wealthy individuals, corporate organisations and socio-cultural clubs or society to come and partner with the university by building hostels to accommodate the increasingly growing population of the students.
Earlier, the leader of the visiting team and Laroka of Wanikin, Oba Kole Ojutalayo, explained their mission stating that they came as partners in progress to adequately respond to the yearnings of OAU Staff in the area of residential accommodation by providing a Medium Density Estate that is fully developed to suit the niceties of OAU and OAUTHC staff.
Oba Ojutalayo, then, enjoined the University administration to do all within its power to buy into the project for the benefit of the staff and the enhancement of socio-economic indices of Ifeland.