The IITA Campus we know today owes its history to the institute’s Physical Plant Services (PPS). Plans for the first phase of construction in the campus had been completed by December of 1967, and the campus’ first building, the Crop Threshing and Drying Building (Building 201), was completed in June of 1970.

William Gamble, IITA director general from 1975 to 1980, said that none of the institution’s progress would have been possible if not for the PPS. The building commissioned equipment, and assured the staff of electricity, water, and air-conditioning. These outputs, Gamble said, were critical to the development of IITA.


Lawani, S. 1992. History and Evolution of IITA’s Scientific Program. Sustainable Food Production in sub-Saharan Africa.

In the beginning was ‘Building 201’ and then PPS… IITA in the beginning, Kunle Afolabi, 2008