The Chairman, Board of Trustees, of the Tertiary Education Trustfund, Ibrahim Imam, says plans are underway to construct facilities with provision for 2000 bed spaces across Nigerian universities.
This, according to Imam, is to cushion the effect of inadequate student accommodation.
He disclosed this in an interview on the sidelines of the BOT engagement with beneficiary institutions of the Academic Publishing Centre in the South-West geopolitical zone at the University of Lagos on Monday.
He said, ”One of the major things that I am personally very passionate about in the system is that of student accommodation.
“Across most university campuses , bed spaces are just in the region of five to 10 per cent, and that is grossly inadequate.
“So, we are looking at doing 2000 bed spaces across Nigerian universities , starting with the first generation universities.
“We wish to do this in collaboration with the management of the universities as well as the private investors.
“I am essentially a private sector person , so I personally know the merits of involving the private sector on projects like this.
“So, going forward , it is one of the avenues that we are exploring on how to do a Private Public Partnership and as soon as the private investors recover their costs, the hostels will be handed over to the school authorities,” Imam said.
He said that the intervention body would continue to deliver responsive programmes that would promote creative and innovative approaches to learning .
According to him, the TETfund has, over the years, become a veritable source of assured funds for desired intervention at the tertiary levels of education in the country.
“We are here in Unilag to see things for ourselves, we are also here to inspect all ongoing as well as completed TETfund projects.
“We have a total number of 75 projects at the University of Lagos alone, at varying stages of completion. Some have, however, been completed, some are ongoing, while some are just taking off,” he added.