By Adejumo Kabir
The group, Education Rights Campaign, OAU branch has condemned total blackout out in lecture theatres as students of the university prepare for the second semester examination for 2016/2017 Session scheduled to start on the 29th.
The group expressed their displeasure over the pitiable and deteriorated state of learning conditions on campus as students cannot access the library and lecture theatres at night due to the inability of the Non Teaching Staff to supply electricity in the aforementioned places in public statement signed by its coordinator, Dunsi Samuel and made available to our correspondent.
“We are still on strike, it is not in our agreement with the management to supply electricity in academics areas except hostels”, Mr. Kolade, a non academic staff told our correspondent.
However, the group has that the paltry sum allocated to the education sector is the fundamental reason for the strike actions, poor welfarism faced by students. “It is not only cruel but barbaric for an institution of learning that prides herself as one of the best in the sub-saharan region to accommodate over 35,000 students in an environment void of health care service, total blackout in academic area and a nonfunctional library amidst preparations for an unprecedented examination.”
“These irregularities will amounts to nothing but cruelty on the part of the management while tilting students towards imminent mass failure, a tradition that has been being maintained over the years by hostile living and learning conditions.”
“It is not an arguable fact that education should not be a rushed process and should be done at learners pace for the sake of proper impartation. It becomes contrasting to see that opposite is the case with our university who pay no attention to the quality of graduates churned out by the system, hence, translating into constant degeneracy in the socioeconomic development of the Nigerian state.”
ERC also laments over the hardship and hostile situations faced by students on campus.
“After days of reported transferred health case in odd hours of the day and harassment of females by unknown persons as a result of the total blackout experienced in academic areas, a silence which is in contrast to the promptness exhibited by the school management whenever they want to suspend the union or student activists. If nothing, the silence shows the correctness of the assumption that mass failure is a conspiracy of the school management.”
However, when the Dean of Students Affairs, Professor Isiaka Aransi was contacted by our correspondent regarding the total blackout at the important places of the university library and academics area particularly, urged students to adjust.
“The Non Teaching Staff are on strike and it is because of our students that we demanded that electricity be supplied in halls of residence. We all know that the people in charge are on strike”