Absence of Hostel accommodation at AKSU worries House of Assembly

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Absence of Hostel accommodation at AKSU worries House of Assembly

The absence of hostel facilities at the state owned, Akwa Ibom State University, AKSU at both campuses of Ikot-Akpaden and the Obio-Akpa has become a source of worry to the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.

To this end, the Assembly has urged the state government through the Ministry of Education to immediately undertake the completion of abandoned hostel projects in the university to ensure high academic performance of the students.

The House has equally directed its committee on Education to interface with the Commissioner for Education and the Vice-Chancellor of the Akwa Ibom State University, and to also undertake an oversight on the matter with a view to finding a lasting solution to the matter.

The House resolution is sequel to a motion brought before it at Tuesday plenary, by the member representing Essien Udim State constituency, Hon. Prince Ukpong Akpabio.

Prince Akpabio in a motion titled “The Need To Construct Hostels For Students Of The Akwa Ibom State University”, had expressed concern that the lodges and houses inhabited by students of the university “are in complete squalor and deplorable conditions which render them unfit for residence by university students” owing to their lack of electricity, portable water as well as adequate security.

The Essien Udim representative who also serves as the Chairman, House Committee on Rules, Business, Ethics and Privileges, had informed the Assembly that the State owned university established in 2010 currently has a student Population of about 8000, with 8 Faculties and 48 academic programmes without a single hostel facility for it’s students, urging the Assembly to intervene with a view to addressing the situation.

He further informed that in 2010, the Akwa Ibom State government had awarded contract for the construction of a 2,600 capacity hostel facility in the university campus, but lamented that 13 years after the contract award, the hostel project remains unrealized as the contractors had abandoned the project midway.

In their contributions, the lawmakers described the motion as timely, and frowned at the abandonment of the hostel project, being essential to the academic advancement of the students.

Reacting, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Udeme Otong, referred the motion to the House Committee on Education with a mandate to report back to the House in two weeks.

 

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