Last week, the State Commissioner for Works & Infrastructure, Kadir Hamzat, an engineer and his counterpart in the Ministry of Information & Strategy, Mr. Lateef Ibirogba, conducted newsmen round the various projects sites to assess the level of development there.
The journalists inspected the six—storey Senate Building, Central Library Complex, LASU Radio Station and Faculty of Management Sciences which were at various stages of completion. The School of Transport Building, three-in-one Lecture Theatre in the Faculty of Education and a twin Lecture Theatre at the Faculty of Law, had already been completed.
At the Central Library site, Hamzat explained that the four-storey building which would be completed in two phases, has the capacity to accommodate 800 students.
He explained that due to the topography of the area, massive piling works, substructure, frame structure on ground and first floor levels were carried out before the actual construction work.
The Commissioner said the project which was flagged off in February 2012, would be completed in February 2015. He pointed out that there was a change in the floor height specification in order to accommodate the mechanical and air conditioner pipes installations within the soffit of the slab.
At the Senate Building site, Hamzat said the project which has attained 65 per cent completion, would be ready in July 2015. The Senate Building comprises the office of the Vice Chancellor and other principal officers of the institution.
The Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. John Obafunwa said the School of Transport Building comprises six lecture halls, administrative offices and lecturers’ offices on three floors. He explained that the project which commenced in July 2010, was completed in September 2013. The VC who disclosed that LASU Radio Station building will be completed next month, explained that it will be used by students of Mass Communication.
Other ongoing projects in the university are the ultra modern Students’ Union Arcade building; new Faculty of Sciences Complex; Teslim Elias Law Library and a deep drainage system.
Expressing optimism over the commitment of the present administration to ensure that all ongoing projects and others to be embarked upon later are not abandoned, Hamzat said the projects are meant to serve as legacies to children that will attend the institution in the next 300 years. He added that the projects are being funded from the government’s purse. (Vanguard)