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OAU Officially Reduces Number of Bed Spaces in Halls of Residence, Bans Squatting

By Adejumo Kabir

The management of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has officially announced the reduction in the number of bed spaces in each of the rooms in the Halls of Residence starting from 2017 / 2018 session.

This development was made known to our correspondent in a release by the Dean of Students Affairs, Professor Isiaka Aransi on Thursday.

He said the bed space allocations will be limited and will follow a democratic process. “accommodation allocation’ is not automatic for any student, however special consideration will be given to freshers(new students) and final year students for limited spaces based on a first-come, first-served on-line application and balloting process.”

The division also warned students not to visit one for  balloting as all students will be given an opportunity to ballot for bed space.

“About 50% of final year students and likewise freshers would likely be given accommodation based on balloting. However, any student who fails to secure bed space through this balloting process will have to look elsewhere for his or her own accommodation because squatting will not be allowed.”

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However, the students of the  university have been reacting to this development by expressing their displeasure over the last paragraph of the release of the  Dean that no squatter will be allowed in any hall of residence.

Tunde Aderemi, a student of department of Chemistry said the institution ought not have admitted students they cannot provide adequate amenities for. “We have complained to the management that hostels off campus are not safe as most of our mates attacked by robbers.”

Another student, who identified himself as Jonathan said : “If the management really loves the students, then they must meet with registered hostels outside the university over exploitation of students and also, the university must start admitting numbers of students they can cater for.

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