The management of Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU has begun taking steps to improve students’ welfare conditions at the Halls of Residence.
It will be recalled that the current Vice-Chancellor Professor Ogunbodede, had on assumption of office promised to refurbish the old and poorly maintained Halls of Residence on campus. His promise came on the back of former acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Elujogba’s popular visits to the Halls of Residence and the resulting action taken in renovating the toilets and ensuring better flow of water into the toilets. Significantly, the ETF Hostel was one of the hostels that benefited from the renovation exercise.
Contractors were spotted at Fajuyi Hall working on some blocks. The workers were seen restructuring the damaged toilets at Fajuyi Block C and D. According to one of the contractors, work will soon commence in other blocks and Halls of Residence.
The news of the renovation has been received very well by the students who are happy that the management is finally taking steps to improve their welfare.
A 200 level student who pleaded for his name to be concealed said, “Well it’s a welcome development.. It’s about time it happened because IDP camps condition is better than what is witnessed in some of these hostels.”
“It’s a great thing that the university has decided to put its students first this time around. Renovating the hostels will go a long way.” Amarvi Christian, a medicine student said.
Also, the management is also taking steps to reduce the number of occupants in the hostels.
Speaking recently to OAU Peeps News Agency, the Dean Of Students Affairs, Prof. Aransi announced that the management have concluded plans to decongest the hostels so as to improve the welfare conditions of all halls of residence which is hampered by overcrowding. He also said that squatters won’t be allowed in the hostels and no selling of bed space would be tolerated.
“If they reduce the number of people in the rooms that would be cool but at the same time not everyone has the money to afford accommodation outside school or would want to stay outside school,” a concerned student from the Department of History said.
Another student who gave her first name as Dami said, “The management is taking a leaf from the University of Ibadan, it is commendable but are there reservations as to where the displaced students would stay? The management has to address this first.”