Sunday, 24 July 2016

Unilorin ASUU acquires plots of land for members

The University of Ilorin Branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has launched a land acquisition scheme for its members. 
The Chairman of the Union, Dr Usman Adebimpe Raheem, who disclosed this last Friday (July 15, 2016) at a special congress of the Union, said that the initiative is in collaboration with the University management.
According to Dr. Raheem, the scheme is designed to encourage the academic staff members to have their own houses close to the University campus.
While announcing to the gathering that the leadership of the union had earlier embarked on an assessment visit to the land, which he disclosed was about ten minutes drive or less from the Works Unit, Dr Raheem said, “As salary-earners, we are not able to save too much but at the same time, we must be able to acquire something. With the national events in terms of the economic austerity that we are going through, I know that majority of our people will like to be very close to where they work and that is why we think we should leverage on that advantage and capture our University neigbourhood.”
He disclosed that the Union Executive “approached the University to kindly give us some loan to purchase that land and the University in principle agreed to do so, and part of the process is to compile the names of subscribers.”
Noting that the response from members of the Union has been “overwhelming and unprecedented”, Dr. Raheem said, “I must confess that we had 465 plots of 100x50 to give to members, but even as at yesterday (Thursday), we already have over 800 plots subscribed. This is impressive”.
He added, “We told you it would be first come, first served, but the Executive met over this and concluded that it is not going to be acceptable to disadvantage anybody and so we want to hold it on and ask people that are still interested to submit so that we would possibly expand what we already have in mind to get”.
The Chairman further stated that the land would have been allocated but for other value addition procedures that are presently ongoing.
According to him, “It is not going to be fit as educated people and matured minds to allocate land to people when there is no layout design, or road, so that in the future, people's lands will not be taken up by road construction; therefore we engaged the services of a surveyor and we deliberately used the offices of the Surveyor-General of the state just in case there are issues on the land, and he has confirmed that there are no issues and that the owner is the person that is selling it; So, we are assured that there is not going to be litigation in the future”.
In separate remarks, members commended the leadership of the Union for its transparency and for championing their welfare.
Mr Bola Salami of the Department of Surveying and Geo-Informatics, who lauded the interactive forum, said, “It is a very commendable achievement and I am very proud to be an academic staff of the University of Ilorin. It shows the level of commitment to the welfare of staff of the University.”
Mr Salami, however, canvassed the use of professionals within the University for some of the mapping-out activities on the land, saying, “We would like to take our students there as cost effective labour; they learn from the practice. We have a lot of survey instruments in the Department and the University is not allowing us to take some of these instruments outside the University gate and from what you are doing, we could have been using some of the exercise and instruments as a field practical for the students, instead some people are being invited from outside to do the job; we can do the job free of charge as long as our students learn from it.”
Another Lecturer, Dr. Babamale, also appreciated “the genuine advancement towards making life better for the people. God will bless you for that.” He, however, opined that members should not be allowed to own more than two plots of land.
Dr Jimoh Yusuf of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning said, “If we are able to acquire this, it is going to be on record for life and it is going to be written in history that you did this for us and once housing problem is solved for any individual, I think psychologically, physiologically, every problem has been solved.”
Also, in his remarks, the immediate past Chairman of the Union, Prof. AbdulRasheed Adeoye, noted that talks with the administration on the acquisition of the land started during his tenure, saying, “Today it is becoming a reality; I commend you and I appreciate you totally the entire congressmen and women.”
Other members of the ASUU Executive Committee present at the congress were the Vice-Chairman, Dr A.S. Kasum; the Secretary General, Dr. (Mrs.) M.A.Y. Lewu; the Assistant. Secretary General, Dr M. A. Akanmu; the Treasurer, Dr. R. G. Jimoh; the Financial Secretary, Dr (Mrs.) E. F. Owolabi, and the Auditor, Dr (Mrs.) B. F. Ibrahim.



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