The Students’ Union leaders at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, have challenged the new Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, on adequate welfare of the students.
The appeal was contained in the union’s congratulatory message to the vice-chancellor, where it charged the management, under his watch, to make the interest of the students his administration’s priority and concern by enhancing the welfare of the students, especially the halls of residence.
According to the union leaders, the students living on campus have been subjected to deplorable and pitiable conditions, which could only be address through renovation of the halls of residence and construction of the new hostels to decongest the existing ones, as well as expand the hostel facilities to accommodate many of the students living off campus owing to insufficient accommodation space on campus.
This, the union said led to victimisation and harassment of such students by robbers, rapists, burglars and other unscrupulous elements terrorising the students.
The union leaders further expressed displeasure over the epileptic power and water supply on campus, saying: “We, students are tired of the excuses from the university management.”
The union added: “It is very ridiculous that we always experience power outage on campus whenever it rained, and the only excuse by the management to cover up its inefficiency and ineptitude is that the fault is from Ajebandele.
We, therefore, demand the university management to swiftly address the issue of irregular water and electricity supply by discharging its duties by ensuring that students have the best of welfare condition during the tenure Prof. Ogunbodede.”
Meanwhile, the Division of Students’ Affairs, Prof. Grace Akinola, while reacting to the students’ demands, said the management was not happy with the situation of power and water supply on campus, but hinted that most often the fault could not be rectified by the university especially when the fault is from Osogbo