By Adejumo Kabir
An revolutionary organisation, Pacesetters Movement, Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife has joined students of the varsity to demand proper renovation of all Halls of Residence, fumigation of halls of residence against bedbugs and called the leadership of the Students’ Union to address the “grievous exploitations faced by students from butteries and bus drivers”.
Pacesetters in a release obtained by Ife City News, signed by its Chairman, Sodunola Obafemi, condemned what the movement described as unpalatable state of the hostels on and demanded proper renovation and building of better halls of residence for students.
Pacesetters condemned the blackouts being faced by SWEP, medical and final year students on campus, saying no rational argument by university administration to keep students on campus and subject them to horrendous conditions.
The releases stated; “We do not only see this as the greedy attempts to cut cost by all means but it is equally an obvious height of highhandedness by the university authority to constitute threats to the convenience, security, success and survival of students on campus.
“We hereby join students to demand immediate restoration of power supply in the halls. Pacesetters movement also uses this medium to demand proper fumigation of all halls of residence on campus before freshmen’s resumption, as the conditions in which bedbugs suck the limited blood of students, who have been blood-drained already by the inhumane welfare conditions.
“Fresh students and returning students should not resume into the dens of life threatening bugs and insects. We also use this medium again to reiterate that the unpalatable state of hostels on campus are not befitting for even livestock. We hereby demand proper renovations and building of better halls of residence for students.”
The group also called the attention of the Students’ Union Leaders to the welfare of students as reflected in exploitations by butteries, computer centres, bus drivers, security threats and mismanagement of funds by the school administration which are not desirable and needs general congress to address those issues.
It added “it must be stated that the funds for power supply for the university from the government is not on a sessional basis, but a yearly allocation, which buttresses that on no account should there not be power supply available for students. Apart from the fact of the yearly allocation, the university authority is keeping SWEP students, medical and final year students on campus who now reside in blackouts for their academic programs in the course of the break. This is a confirmation that the university authorities really want to frustrate students from their learning.” The movement said.
They however called on the leadership of the students’ union to swing into action to correct those anomalies arguing that poor welfare cannot as well be disconnected from the underfunding or poor funding of the university system across boards, which is part of the reasons why students, through their unions must begin to organise against.