The Imo State University (IMSU) management has revealed that the institution can boast of not more than three hostels which have caused untold hardship for students of the university, especially the newly admitted students.
Aside from the lack of accomodation leading to many students sharing rooms, they pay huge amount for the hostels which are built by members of the community in which the institution is located.
According to reports, due to the high cost of rent, some students stay five or more persons per room.
Landlords of the hostels which is situated within the main entrance of IMSU charge between N150,000 and N200,000 per room for one academic session.
“The school does not offer any accomodation. We get hostels for ourselves. We contribute to rent rooms. We stay three to four or more persons per room,” one of the students stated.
Ralph Njokuobi, Puplic Relations Officer of the institution, said that the three hostels owned by the university were built by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), adding that the founding fathers did not include hostels when building the institution.
“The founding fathers did not include hostels in the origianl plan of the university. As we went on we saw the need to have hostels built by the university.
“Currently, we have three hostels. Two built for us by TETFund and the other by the NDDC. The one built by NDDC is meant for male students while the ones built by TETFund are meant for our female students,” he stated.