Wednesday, 14 November 2018



(a) Construction of Building

Building works commenced in the old campus of Baptist College, Iwo, in 2002; some months before the commencement of academic activities. All the existing buildings in the College were renovated to get them ready for academic activities. These included the hostels, administrative block, health centre, classrooms, library and cafeteria, among others. The construction of new buildings followed; these included hostels, library extension, cafeteria, laboratories etc.

The execution of construction at Bowen University can be classified as follows: 

Full contract 
Labour contract 
Direct labour

(b) Current Status of Land Acquisition Bowen University has acquired 592.92 hectares of land, covered with Certificate of Occupancy.

(c) Status of Master Plan Development The Master Plan is being developed. Presently, up to one-third of the land area has been opened-up with road network. The areas already opened-up include the academic core, students’ residential areas, the commercial area and the sports ground area.

The old campus of Baptist College served as the take-off venue for Bowen University. The new site is actually an extension of the college. New physical structures on the new site are:

(i) Male Hostel: This comprises four two-storey buildings, each with 66 rooms. Each of the rooms accommodates 8 students. Also, there are study rooms and common rooms with all conveniences on each floor.

(ii) New Male Hostel: This is a block of two-storey building with 60 rooms altogether. It also has a common room and study room on each floor. Each room accommodates 4 students.

(iii) New Female Hostel: This comprises two two-storey buildings, similar to the new male hostel described above.

(iv) University Worship Centre: This is an edifice with capacity of 5,240 worshippers.It has a worship auditorium and an administrative wing.

(v) Staff Quarters: This is the residential area for some of the University staff.

(vi) University Guest House: This storey building consists of about 28 units of one-bedroom flat apartments with conveniences.

(vii) Pure Water Factory: In this factory, NAFDAC approved drinking water of both the sachet and bottle types are produced for the consumption of the University community.

(viii) Bowen-New Horizon Certification Centre: Here, both the students and the staff are trained for computer literacy.

(d) Water Supply The University obtains water from 2 major sources viz:

(i) Boreholes: At present, there are 16 boreholes altogether at various locations.

(ii) State Waterworks: Treated water from the state waterworks is pumped to the University reservoirs through the dedicated 4" ductile iron pipe already laid from the dam to the University premises. The two sources are distributed directly through pipe network and tankers.

(e) Road Network The road network within the campus can be classified into three main types, namely:

(i) Ceremonial road

(ii) Secondary roads

(iii) Access roads

(i) Ceremonial road: This is the main road leading into the University. The road starts from the Iwo – Gbongan highway and terminates at the convocation arena within the academic core area of the University. It serves majorly to allow for easy flow of traffic into and from the University campus. This virgin road which was opened-up in February 2003 and fully constructed in 2008 has a total length of 0.8km. The ceremonial road is a dual-carriage way and it is made up of the following:

• Road width of 5.5m on either side

• Median width of 0.75m

• Pedestrian walkway of 2.0m on both sides

• Drains of 1.0m on both sides

(ii) Secondary roads: The secondary roads serve to distribute traffic to other areas of the University community; they form a ring road around the academic core area and have approximate total length of 5.7km. These roads were opened-up in 2003 along with the ceremonial road. About 0.85km has been tarred. The secondary road is a single carriage way made up of the following:

• Roadway width of 7.2metres

• Walkway of 2.0m on either side

• Drains of 1.0m on either side

(iii) Access Roads: The access roads serve mainly to distribute traffic within major areas of the University and also serve as links to the secondary roads. The road network within the campus is in accordance with the National University Commission (NUC) guideline on road hierarchy. Trapezoidal shape core development concept was adopted within which the main core is demarcated by four secondary roads. Mini campus road The existing road system within the mini campus has been upgraded to standard. The entrance way has been modified into a secondary road which serves the mini campus administrative blocks, while the road around the Faculty of Law has been standardized to Type III road (i.e. access road). The ring road starts around the Faculty of Law, encompassing the academic core area which is a standard access road. The ring road is linked to the various faculties within the academic core by footpaths. The lengths of the modified roads are as follows:

• Secondary roads - 155.5m

• Access roads (ring road) - 2.95km

• Footpaths - 935m Maintenance of Roads: All constructed roads (i.e. bituminous surfaced) are lined with drainage which allows for periodic maintenance of drains within the campus.


(a) Historical Background

London-born Dr George Green and his wife, Lydia, arrived Ogbomoso from the United States of America on 18 March, 1907. They brought Dr Green’s personal medical instruments, some drugs and fifty dollars that the Foreign Missions Board of the Southern Baptist Convention provided for commencement of medical work in Nigeria. The couple lived in the house which Rev. C.E. Smith built twenty-five years earlier, near the present Antioch Baptist Church. The Baptist Medical Centre Ogbomoso thus celebrated the Centenary of medical work in Nigeria in March 2007. Arms of the hospital include: Kersey Children’s Home, Ogbomoso, Baptist Health Service; and Baptist Hospital, Obanikoro, Lagos. On 13 July, 2007, BOWEN University, Iwo, turned the first sod of its Administrative Building. An inexhaustive list of rehabilitation/renovation/upgrading/expansion and construction of physical infrastructures is as follows:

(b) Physical Infrastructures (Before BUTH)

• George Green Chapel (1923)

• Physiotherapy Building (1946)

• Cyber Café/ Computer Training Centre

• School of Nursing Classrooms

• School of Nursing Library

• School of Nursing Hostel

• School of Nursing Administrative Block

• School of Midwifery Classrooms

• School of Midwifery Hostel

• School of Midwifery Administrative Block

• School of Midwifery Demonstration Rooms

• Community Health Building

• Mortuary

• Maintenance Staff Pit Latrine

• Laundry

• Cafeteria

• Maintenance Department Biomedical/Mechanic Block

• Maintenance Department Plant House

• Maintenance Department Main Workshop

• Central Store • Staff Welfare Store • MC/NN Ward • Private Ward • Children’s Ward • Women’s Ward • Men’s Ward • Operating Rooms • Dental Clinic • X-Ray Room • Public Toilet • Joyce Clark Chapel • Maternal Child Health Block • OPD/Pharmacy Block • Laboratory • Accounts/Medical Records Building • HIV/AID/NHIS Cubicle • MC Patient Attendants Shed • Soya Milk Preparation Kitchen • Eye Clinic • Mini Fuel Dump (Not in operation)

Residential Quarters

• Flat 1 – (4 rooms) • Flat 2 – ( 4 rooms) • Flat 3 – (4 rooms) • Flat 4 – (4 rooms) • Flat 5 – (4 rooms) • Flat 6 – (4 rooms) • Flat 7 – (3 rooms) • Flat 8 – (3 rooms) • Flat 9 – (4 rooms) • Flat 10 – (4 rooms) • Flat 11 – (4 rooms) • Flat 12 – (3A/B/C) • Flat 13 – (2A/B) • Flat 14 – (4A/B) • Flat 15 – (3A/B/C) • Flat 16 – (3) • Flat 17 – (3) • Flat 18 – (4A/B) • Flat 19 – (3 rooms) • Flat 20 – (3 rooms) • Flat 21 – (4A/B)

(c) Converted/Renovated Structures (by BUTH)

• Anatomical Pathology Laboratory (Renovated from former School of Midwifery Building) • Teaching Laboratory Office Complex (2011) (Renovated from former School of Midwifery Building) • Service Laboratory (2011) – Converted & expanded from the old Laboratory • College Auditorium (2011) – Converted from the old George Green Chapel • Hospital Cafeteria (2011) – Converted from the old Library • Community Medicine Building (2011) – Converted from the old Community Health Building • Animal House – Converted from diesel storage shed

(d) New Buildings/Structures (by BUTH)

• Hospital Main Gate • Hospital Small/Second Gate • Administrative Block • Accident and Emergency Building • Medical Library • Ambulance Bay • Male Students Hostel • Female Students Hostel • School of Midwifery Lecture Rooms • School of Midwifery Administrative Block • Female Surgical Ward • Consultative Out-Patient Department • Intensive Care Unit (I.C.U.) – attached to operating rooms • Doctors/Nurses/Students Changing/Call rooms attached to operating rooms • Modern Mini Incinerator • New Pharmacy Block • General Renovation of old Wards

(e) Water Supply Due to erratic functioning and high tariff, the then Baptist Medical Centre disconnected from public waterworks for over a decade ago, sourcing its water from boreholes. Out of eleven (11) boreholes hitherto drilled, only six (6) are functioning, namely:

(i) Flat 14(front) point

(ii) School of Nursing Hostel point

(iii) New Cafeteria (front) point

(iv) Administrative Block point

(v) Male Students Hostel point

(vi) Female Students Hostel point

(f) Road Network

Due to the joint efforts of the immediate past General Secretary of the Nigerian Baptist Convention and the Vice Chancellor, Bowen University Iwo, the then Governor of Oyo State tarred the front round-about, parking lots and a stretch of the hospital road; the first ever asphalt tarring the hospital experienced in its over one hundred years of existence!

(g) Maintenance

The Maintenance Department is saddled with the responsibilities of managing both old and new infrastructures like buildings and roads, as well as vehicles and installations within the hospital and all its annexes. The Department performs these functions through its seven units, namely:

(i) Building/Civil Engineering (v) Gardeners/Horticulturists

(ii) Biomedical (vi) Auto-Mechanics/Drivers

(iii) Engineering (vii) Security and Waste Disposal

(iv) Electrical/Electronics

The Department indeed maintains the legacy of the founding missionaries i.e. an aesthetic, natural and serene environment.


(a) Supply of Electricity

The three staff appointments in the Works and Services Department at inception in 2002 were: the Assistant Director of Works, the Higher Technical Officer in charge of Building Works, and the Higher Technical Officer in charge of Electrical Works. Half of the frontage of the administrative block building was partially renovated to allow for visitors to be attended to. Some renovations were carried out on existing buildings on campus while some new structures were put up to commence academic activities at take-off in November 2002.

The University has continued to match its growth with increasing supply of energy. At inception there was a modest 25KVA capacity generator at the temporary site which served as standby for the Administrative section of the University. The University was then powered by the township 200KVA transformer directly opposite the University, with just a single line feeding the whole campus. In August 2002, WEMA Bank Plc, Iwo, donated a brand new 114KVA generator to the University, which at that time met the need of the University.

In 2003 the Department discovered a feeder pillar and an armoured cable near the present Hospital site; they were exhumed and installed at the present power house at the temporary site. This enabled the Department to gradually split the circuits from the feeder pillar into four circuits viz: the Administrative circuit, Hospital circuit, Academic circuit and the Hostel circuit. We have since mounted another feeder pillar that accommodates a circuit each for UPE area, the Vice Chancellor’s Lodge and the Registrar’s Residence.

In December 2003, one 500KVA generator was purchased and installed at the temporary site by the University when the load increased. In 2004 another 500KVA transformer was purchased by the University and installed at the temporary site when the 200KVA transformer from township could no longer cope with the load demands of the University.

In 2006, a major rural electrification project was carried out where 11.0KVA line of about 1.2km was run to the permanent site. In the same year, another 500KVA transformer was installed at the permanent site to feed the male hostel. In addition to that, a 250KVA generator was installed at the temporary site.

In 2007, a 500KVA generator was installed at the permanent site to serve as standby for the male hostel.

In 2008, there was a need to purchase yet another 500KVA generator to complement the existing one which could no longer cope with the load demands. In 2009, a 500KVA transformer was installed purposely for the Chapel but it has not yet been energised.

In 2010, another 500KVA transformer was installed for the College of Medicine and the new female hostel. An 0.1MVA transformer was installed to replace the existing 500KVA transformer which was no longer able to carry the load at the temporary site. In addition to the existing generators, the University purchased and installed a new 500KVA generator at the temporary site.

In 2011, two 20KVA generators were purchased and installed at the Jubilee Cafeteria and the Pure Water Factory for their effective operations.

In 2012, one 500KVA transformer was purchased and installed for effective operation of the Library.

(b) Maintenance

Bowen University, Iwo, is connected to the National grid of Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) via 11.0KVA high tension to 11.0KV/415V transformer of 0.1MVA at the temporary site. A skipper meter is being installed separately to the power supply to the temporary and permanent sites. The temporary site is served by one substation while the permanent site is served by four substations.

Presently, the University has four 500KVA, one 250KVA, one 114KVA, and two 20KVA generators which currently serve as standby for the Institution while four 500KVA and one 0.1MVA transformers also serve the University apart from the 500KVA transformer for the chapel which has not yet been put to use.

Annual maintenance repairs are carried out on all of the above during the long vacation period; the University also has maintenance agreement with Mikano International Limited on all the generators.


Bowen University Teaching Hospital (BUTH) is connected to the National Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) via a single transformer of 200KVA capacity, extending the power distribution network. This was the position until October, 2011, when a 500KVA transformer was donated to BUTH by the Ogbomoso South Local Government Area, courtesy of the Chairman, Hon. Adeleke S. Adewale. BUTH financed the installation of the transformer, the armoured cable and overhauling of the power distribution at the cost of over N4.0 million. The power situation in BUTH has since improved. There are also three other generators which serve as standby whenever there is power supply interruption, viz:

• 1 No. 250KVA generator

• 1 No. 194KVA generator

• 1 No. 35KVA Perkins generator

The Maintenance Department is saddled with the responsibility of maintaining all related electrical repairs in the hospital. The Electrical/Electronic Engineering Unit takes care of all the repairs. The Department, in general, maintains the legacy of the founding missionaries.