The development, our correspondent learnt has caused untold hardship for students of the university, especially new students.
Apart from the inadequate accommodation leading to many students sharing rooms, students also exorbitant rates for the hostels.
The hostels are mostly built by members of the community in which the university is located.
Our correspondent, who visited one of the hostels located at the Orji axis of Owerri, observed that because of the high cost of rent, some students stay five persons per room.
Our correspondent gathered that landlords of the hostels within the front gate of the university charge between N150,000 and N200,000 per room for an academic session.
One of the students said “The school does not offer any accommodation. We get hostels for ourselves. We contribute to rent rooms. we stay three to four persons per room.”
The Public Relations Officer of Imo state university, Owerri, Ralph Njokuobi, said that the three hostels owned by the university were built by Niger Delta Development Commission and Tertiary Education Trust Fund
The IMSU spokesperson said that the founding fathers did not include hostels when it was building the varsity.
He said “The founding fathers did not include hostels in the original plan for 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