Today In History: September 21st

September 21, 1961
On September 21, 1961, the Principal of the University College Ibadan, Dr. Kenneth Dike announced that the college might accommodate some of its students in suitable private houses in the township if experiments being carried then succeeded. Dr. Dike was speaking at an impressive ceremony in the college campus at which the Federal Minister of Education, Mr. Aja Nwachukwu, opened a new students’ hostel block built at a cost of 362,000 pounds jointly provided by the United Kingdom Government and Federal Government of Nigeria in the proportion of 77 per cent and 23 per cent respectively.
Dr. Dike explained that the new hostel represented a substantial departure from the students’ accommodation policy of the college in that it provided double accommodation in each of its 225 rooms instead of the present system of single study-bed-room in existing hostels. He referred to public criticism of the system of giving a room to each student and pointed out that the new arrangement “represents an important experiment in economy.” He declared, “We have now abandoned the policy hitherto pursued of giving all undergraduates a room to themselves and of providing full steward service in dining halls.”

September 21, 1961
On this day, the Prime Minister, Alhaji Sir Abubarkar Tafawa Balewa rejected the Soviet proposal for the appointment of a three-man panel to take over the duties of the Secretary-General of the United Nations. The Prime Minister was commenting in Lagos on current affairs at the United Nations. He said, “I feel there should be only one, and a first class man, who is able, honest and sincere, who will have other assistants, widely representative of the nations as much as possible.”

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