By Adejumo Kabir
Students of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile- Ife have called on the new Vice Chancellor, Eyitope Ogunbodede to prioritise the problem of water been faced by the university community considering its importance to the survival of the people in the university.
Ife City News while speaking with the students on the main challenges before the new VC were of the view that water supply should get the urgent attention of the VC by providing purified water, that is colourless, odorless and tasteless.
The main source of water to the university community is OAU Dam which according to our finding has most of its water channels rotten or damaged thereby reducing the water supply capacity and littering the water.
Our reporter visit to most of the hall of residence in the university indicated that the water are clean for domestic usage.
Public Relations Officer, Law Student Society, Olabode Samuel who resides in one of the halls of residence on campus said water facilities keep getting from bad to worse citing ETF hall, where he stays as example.
“Using ETF Hall as a case study, at the commencement of 2016/2017 academic session, the water tanks supplying water to the hall of residence have been in deplorable conditions. The storage tanks are very dirty. Some have no covers. The drain valves are in a state of disrepair. The water inlets are faulty.
“Consequently, students are left with dirty and noxious water. Equally, the faulty drain valves lead to constant wastage of water which thereby causes occasional scarcity of water supply. Surprisingly, the porter’s lodge is located directly in front of those faulty storage tanks and yet they act as onlookers while students’ lives are in danger.
“Regrettably also, some students with humble backgrounds drink cassava flakes with the water supplied from those tanks. And the stakeholders are watching.”
Folake Adigun, female student urged the management and the students union to be alive to their responsibility by ensuring regular supply clean water.