HC Deb 23 November 1950 vol 481 c88W
Sir R. Glyn

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will give any estimate as to when the new university buildings at Ibadan, Nigeria, will be completed; what progress has been made to date; how far this is within the time estimated; what has been the cost to date of architects' fees and other preliminary expenses; and if Africans have been consulted as to whether, as a temporary measure at any rate, buildings of local construction and design could be utilised, in order that the university may be able to function even in a modified form at the earliest possible date.

Mr. J. Griffiths

I understand that the Ibadan University College authorities hope that all the buildings already planned will be completed in about three years. Permanent accommodation for 160 students should be available by October, 1951. The college has been functioning since January, 1948, in temporary buildings and over 300 students are in residence. The construction of permanent accommodation for the college staff is well advanced and a number of laboratory buildings of local design have been completed. Work on the preparation of the permanent site is going according to plan. Capital expenditure is being met mostly from the Colonial Development and Welfare Vote and grants totalling £450,971 for permanent construction have already been approved, including £13,500 for the architects' fees for the first stage of their work. Decisions on the type of buildings to be erected are primarily for the autonomous college council, which includes a number of Africans.