The Rector Federal Polytechnic Bida, Dr Abubakar Dzukogi, has disclosed that the institution has spent about N138 million on three capital projects to enhance academic learning.
Dzukogi made the disclosure to the media in Minna on Wednesday stressing that the projects have already been inaugurated.
He said that about N69 million was expanded on rehabilitation and expansion of the office of Technology Management Department, N41 million was spent for rehabilitation of Quantity Survey Department Building while N28 million was spent on rehabilitation of two blocks of flats at the staff quarters.
The Rector said that the institution was partnering with Bartah Nigeria Limited for the construction of 500-capacity hostels at the cost of N250 million as part of its Private Public Partnership programme.
He explained that the cost of the project would be recouped within 10 years of completion.
According to him, the management of the institution had duly notified the Federal Ministry of Education about the projects.
He said that out of 16,000 students currently undergoing various courses in the Polytechnic, only about 3,000 were accommodated by the institution.
Most of the students, he said, are living off-campus, which has negative effects on their studies.
The rector said that the management of the institution had also taken measures to address the accommodation problem through collaboration with more private developers.
He called for improved funding to enable the rehabilitation of some of the structures in the campus.
Dzukogi pointed out that the entire administrative block, including the office of the rector, was in dire need of rehabilitation.