A crop of senior members of staff of the University whose Directorates, Units and Centres were allocated office spaces at the new Unity Building Blocks A and B, have expressed delight at the comforting, conducive and spacious ambience of their new environment, giving kudos to the authorities of the University for making staff welfare, a priority .

Some of the beneficiaries appreciated Management in separate chats with FUNAAB Bulletin. They included the Senior Assistant Registrar/Head, Establishment Matters Unit (Junior Staff), Mr. Adewale Ojoye; the Principal Planning Officer, Academic Planning Unit, Mr. Olufemi Bamgbose; and the Principal Executive Officer (Administration), Directorate of Technology and Technical Staff, Mrs. Loretta Owobamirin.

Others were the Senior Assistant Registrar, Counselling Clinic Unit, Mrs. Modesta Ofodile; Coordinator, Tree Crop Plantation Unit, Professor Yahaya Adeoti and the Director, Students’ Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES), Professor Michael Ajayi.

According to Mr. Ojoye, “We would like to express our appreciation to Management for the foresight because the relocation of offices away from the Senate Building is part of the long-term plan of Management to decongest the Senate Building and the immediate problem that necessitated the movement to this place; inadequate office accommodation, which has now been solved. Right now, we have what we can refer to as adequate, in terms of offices for staff of this Unit and others.

However, one of the problems being faced, and which I am sure is due to the fact that the building is a new one, is lack of Internet facility which we hitherto enjoyed at the Senate Building. Another problem is the erratic power supply although, we are aware that we have been allocated a power generating set but it has not been connected. So, we are left at the mercy of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) which would affect the output of this place quite drastically. However, I commend the Management for this initiative”, he concluded.

Corroborating him, the Principal Planning Officer, Academic Planning Unit, Mr. Olufemi, Bamgbose, said moving to the Unity Building was a plus for the Unit, especially, in terms of space which hitherto was a big problem.

“We cannot but commend Management for this bold move. The offices are bigger and facilities are already on ground”, stressed Mr. Bamgbose.

Mr. Bamgbose appealed to Management to assist with the fitting of air-conditioners and internet facilities in offices, as well as provide shuttle buses within campus, for easy transportation.

On her part, the Principal Executive Officer (Administration), Directorate of Technology and Technical Staff, Mrs. Lorreta Owobamirin, said the offices were well laid-out and conducive for work efficiency and effectiveness, just as she applauded the aesthetic view of the new office complex.

She, however, implored Management to engage more hands in the maintenance of the two buildings as there were only two cleaners, currently.

“A good maintenance is essential right from the outset so that the full potentials of the building and office spaces can be fully maximized”, she added.

Also speaking, the Senior Assistant Registrar, Counselling Unit, Mrs. Modesta Ofodile, lauded Management’s initiative in allocating office spaces to the Unit.

Mrs. Ofodile, who described the new office space as an answered prayer, pointed out that one of the requirements for effective counselling is comfortable and conducive environment.

The Guidance Counsellor noted that the two offices provided for them were fully equipped while expressing confidence that Management’s magnamity would bring about positive results.

Speaking, the Coordinator, Tree Crop Plantation Unit, Professor Yahaya Adeoti expressed appreciation to Management for the building but noted that his Unit would require more than the single office space it was allocated.

The Coordinator called on Management to assist in putting other infrastructure in place, to make job execution easier.

Corroborating him, the Director, SIWES, Professor Ajayi, described the building as satisfactory and spacious. He, however, observed that the major challenge, to be the lack of internet services and a connecting door between his office and that of his Secretary.

Professor Ajayi also called for the installation of air-conditioners in the offices for better comfort.