By Adejumo Kabir
The Students’ Union, Obafemi Awolowo University, lle – lfe yesterday embarked on a peaceful protest to the Division of Students’ Affairs to demand better welfare for the student populace.
In a peaceful march, the student arrived the Student Affairs Office in the afternoon and among other requested the management as a matter of urgency construct speed breakers on the campus internal roads to reduce the recurrent motor accidents in the university.
A student of department of English, Lekan Akintola who was among the protesters lamented to Ife city News that they have been faced with different difficulties. “We are students not animals, the management should take responsibility and cater for us, I can say it anywhere that the staff are employed because of students of the school”
Also Subomi Taiwo, a fresher living in Awolowo Hall bitterly companied of power and water supply which has denied conducive living in their hall of residence .
He said “it is disturbing to hear that I have not taking my bath for days due to epileptic water supply, I wakes up every day and sleep every night with bedbugs, it is indeed condemnable” .
Dean of the Students’ Affairs, Professor (Mrs) Grace Akinola while responding to some of the issues raised however blamed the students disobedience to vacate Hall of residence as directed by the university management to allow fumigation and minor repairs for the main challenges in the hall of residence
According to the DSA, halls were not fumigated because students refused to leave the hostels during break except the halls of residence allocated to freshers.
On the poor power supply, the DSA said the university could not substantially blame for the electricity supply explaining that the problems are usually from the power transmission sources at Osogbo and Ibadan.
She however advised the union leaders to write letter concerning any issue bothering on students welfare to the Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Anthony Elujoba through DSA office and assured of prompt response from the university management.