FUNAAB VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun (middle) with some Principal Officers and top officials, while leaving the magnificent VC’s Lodge during the Inspection Tour.

FUNAAB VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun (middle) with some Principal Officers and top officials, while leaving the magnificent VC’s Lodge during the Inspection Tour.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has expressed satisfaction at the quality of works done so far in virtually all the on-going projects in the University.

Professor Balogun gave his nod while inspecting the projects, billed for commissioning before the expiration of his tenure, in May.

Accompanied by Principal Officers and other top officials of the University, Professor Balogun, who was guided on the tour by the Director of Physical Planning Unit, Mr. Babatunde Ayodele, inspected the Zoological Garden, FUNAAB Staff School, Chancellor’s Lodge, Vice-Chancellor’s Lodge, International Scholars’ Complex, Guest House, 500-capacity Computer Laboratory and four female Hostels.

The Vice-Chancellor, who spent over three hours, conducting an on-the-spot assessment of the projects, commended most of the contractors for a job well done.

Professor Balogun did not spare the rod in chastising a few contractors for foot-dragging and failing to polish their jobs at the site.

Consequently, the Vice-Chancellor directed the Director of Physical Planning Unit, Mr. Ayodele, to give letters of warning and notices of deadline to all the affected contractors, for a speedy completion of the projects.

He pointed out that the measure became imperative, in order to ensure that all hands are on deck, to ensure the completion of the projects, as scheduled.

Prof. Balogun stated that the University had put necessary facilities and logistics in place to enhance the work of contractors on site and to guarantee timely completion of assignments.

According to the Vice-Chancellor, the enabling facilities include access roads, electricity, proper funding and reliable security network.

The Vice-Chancellor expressed delight at the level of work on ground, warning however, that “everything should be done before request is made for final evaluation”.

Professor Balogun described the level of work done as high, when compared with what took place, ten days earlier, when he last visited the project, as “heart-warming”.

He charged the contractor, who promised to work midnight and even on Sundays, in order to meet completion deadline – to be “more proactive”.

The Chancellor’s Lodge, a magnificent white bungalow, is an architectural master piece to behold.

The topography and the interior of the “White House” with its glittering and alluring royal touch caught the attention of the Vice-Chancellor’s entourage, who described the finishing as perfect.

Prof. Balogun, who was elated with the high level of work done informed that “one unique feature of this building is the sprawling space that we have here. If you look at the amount of space, you don’t need to go out and be looking for space to rent when you have any social function”.

Apart from the exotic main building, adjoining it are a guest chalet and boy’s quarter, meant for domestic assistants.

The Vice-Chancellor’s Lodge is sandwiched between the Chancellor’s and Pro-Chancellor’s lodges. It is strategically located in the University and contains a 3-bedroom guest chalet.

The topography of the Lodge is mountainous; while the structure, a state of the art duplex, is imposing and conspicuous, thus, providing an aerial view of the Senate Building, ‘Nimbe Adedipe Library and Colleges.

Adjacent to the Lodges is a 24-room Ensuite Guest House.

Prof. Balogun commended the contractor, Sir Ipinyemi, for his knack for quality job saying, “I can’t but praise the meticulousness in your work and which nobody can beat”.

Commenting on the Guest House, Prof. Balogun described it as an income-generating venture for the University.