From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna.
The Chancellor Federal University of Technology (FUT), Minna, Professor Musbau Akanji said, despite the N2 billion it got from the 2014/2015 NEEDS Assessment Programme of the Federal Government for hostel intervention, the fund cannot adequately address accommodation challenges of the institution.
The Vice Chancellor in an interview shortly after matriculating 4,250 students admitted for the 2014/2015 academic session at the permanent site at Gidan Kwano, Professor Musbau Akanji said, hence the university is seeking to partner with development under the Build, Occupy and Transfer (BOT) and Public Private Partnership (PPP) to tackle the situation.
He expressed regret that out of the 15, 000 population of students, only 2,250 are accommodated by the FUT, while the remaining 12, 750 live off campus.
” We are hoping that, if this programme works out, it will substantially address the issue of accommodation of students. We have about 15, 000 students, but currently, we are only able to accommodate 2,250 students.”
When asked on how the number of admission could be increased from the current total of 400, 000 out of the 1.6 million that sat for JAMB exams across the nation, ” With increase funding from the government, more number of students can be admitted by universities,” Akanji said.
The VC noted that about 10, 000 students applied for admission for 2014/2015 session to FUT Minna, 6,650 sat for its Post-UTME, 4,743 applicants were offer admission of which, 4,250 students finally scaled through.
He advised the students to shun all acts contrary to the rules and regulations of the institution, such as examination malpractice, fraud of all kinds, financial racketeering, cultism, fighting, theft, assault, rumour mongering and illicit drug dealing.