The College of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), Adeyemi College of Education (ACE) Ondo chapter, has embarked on the construction of a multi-million naira hostel accommodation within the main campus of the  institution in Ondo town.

Speaking recently after the foundation laying ceremony of the building which was performed by the Provost of the institution, Prof. Olukoya Ogen,  the Chairman of the Academic Staff Cooperative Multi-purpose Society ( ASCOMS) in the institution, Dr. Rasheed Oloyede, stated that the union decided to embark on the project, with  the views of adding values to the College.

The project which he explained that is aimed towards tackling what he called the problem associated with  accommodation among students in the Citadel of learning.

Oloyede, a Chief Lecturer in the Department of Physical and Health Education (PHE), also stated that the hostel construction initiative was undertaken by ASCOMS, was also targeted at providing  succor to female students, who he said are more populated than their male counterpart, and sometimes face challenges, in their bid at securing accommodation outside the College campus.

While reiterating the commitment of ASCOMS towards early completion of the first phase of the project, which he said comprised of  20 self-contained rooms and designed  to accommodate 80 students, Oloyede appealed to the College Management, Corporate organizations and public spirited individuals for support, and assured that all financial donations received in the cost of the project would be judiciously utilized.

In a short remark while laying the foundation stone of the building in the college, the Provost of the institution, Prof. Olukoya Ogen, lauded the initiative of COEASU, stating that the construction of the hostel would go a long way, in motivating and driving development process in the institution.

Prof. Ogen expressed happiness over the development, and announced a personal donation of 500 blocks, towards the construction of the first phase of the project.

The ACE Provost lauded the leadership of COEASU, and expressed optimism of early completion of the project, stating that it would be the desire of his heart to come back for the commissioning of the building in few months time.

He however charged the contractor handling the project to use quality materials and expedite action in its completion, so that the building would stand the test of time, and achieve the purpose for which it was meant.

Describing the project as a good step in the right direction,  and additional blessings which God has added to the institution,  since his assumption of duty in the institution.

The College Administrator said the move has opened door for greater achievements that would come the way of the  College in no distant time, as many private organizations both in Nigeria and abroad had indicated intension to undertake projects in the College, that would add values to it,  and move it to the next level.

Ogen, a Professor of History also  commended members of COEASU for their zeal, foresight and personal sacrifice towards the project, and gave assurance that the College Management under his leadership, would continue to support the body in the actualization of the project.

Also speaking on the project, the Treasurer of the Union, Dr Kehinde Adenegan, said the construction of the project is one of the manifestos of the present leadership of the Union on assumption of office few years ago.

He used the occasion to enumerate several achievements recorded by the Union in the last two and half years ti include, welfare packages for members, quick access to loan by members, relative peace in the Union and in the campus as well as assistant to members who wishes to obtain more degrees among others.

The brief ceremony held at the building foundation laying site, featured delivery of goodwill messages by the Deputy Provost, Dr. Samuel Akintunde; Member of ASCOMS hostel building committee, Dr. Olagunju Samuel, President of ASCOMS, Dr. Oloyede Rasheed Owolabi as well as the Chairman, COEASU ACE chapter and other members of the Union.