27th July, 2011
The Deputy Governor of Kwara State, Elder Peter Kishira, has commissioned a 34-room self contained hostel built by the UNILORIN Healthcare Cooperative Society.
The modern hostel, located in Tanke area of the state capital, is part of the initiative of the society to address the challenges of accommodation being faced by students in the community.
The deputy governor, who was represented at the occasion by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Cooperatives, Alhaji Babatunde Kudus, called on other cooperative societies to take on similar projects.
According to him, â€œI cannot but call on similar cooperative societies and unions to take a cue from the commendable gestures of the Healthcare Multipurpose Cooperative Society Limited. I urge you to work assiduously to make Kwara Cooperative Movement a role model for the country.â€
In his remarks at the event, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Is-haq O. Oloyede, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services), Prof. Albert B. Olayemi, said that the commissioning was a product of cooperation and accountability as well as a testimony of the readiness of the university to positively impact on its immediate community.
He said further that the role of the university should not be limited to the campus alone, but also the society at large. He therefore praised the cooperative society for locating the hostel outside the university campus, while charging its leadership to continue to be honest and see its responsibility as a serious one.
In his own address, the President of the society, Mr. G. F. Daramola, thanked the vice-chancellor, who he said encouraged the society to embark on the project.
â€œI would like to appreciate God in the life of our vice-chancellor, whose principle to make use of every opportunity for the development of the environment has encouraged the management team of this society to embark on this laudable project,â€ he said.
Meanwhile, the President of the Staff Multi-Purpose Cooperative Union, Dr. Rotimi Omotoye, in his address earlier, stated that there are 17 cooperative societies in the university and advised other societies to emulate the Healthcare Cooperative Society and let the society feel their impact.
In attendance at the occasion were also the Provost, College of Health Sciences, Prof. A. B. O. Omotosho; Dean of Student Affairs, Prof. S. H. Umoh; Dean of Clinical Sciences, Prof. W.B.O. Johnson, former Dean of Arts, Prof. Y. A. Quadri and the Permanent Secretary, Water Resources, Mr. Samuel Adefila.