The Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede has promised that his administration will provide additional 10,000 bed spaces accommodation and three buses for students.
He disclosed this during the matriculation ceremony for the newly admitted students for 2018/2019 academic session.
Before now, IFE CITY NEWS has reported that 72% of the students reside outside the school due to limited bed spaces on campus.
Following the demand for proper welfarism by students, Mr Ogunbodede said he is ready to provide proper welfarism to avoid misunderstanding between the management and students.
“For the past three days now, water has not been supplied to the halls of residence and today is our Matric day”, a part one student told newsmen.
Another student, Busola Oladele, stressed the need for more halls of residence to lessen the transportation and security challenges associated with living outside the school.
“From my house to class, most times, I spend over thirty minutes just to get on campus. I applied for bedspace but I could not get one.”
“We need more lecture theatres too. Our Maths class is always rowdy,” She added
Also on the need for expanding the infrastructures and facilities in the university, the coordinator for Education Right Campaign, ERC, Olowolafe Samuel, stated that;
“A larger bulk of the hostels and lecture theatres we have today were constructed during the early days of the university- and they were aimed at adequately catering for the admitted number of students then.”
“But it is so sad that the admission quota has significantly increased over the decades with no corresponding increase in infrastructures and facilities,” He said.
However, Mr. Ogunbodede promised that issues affecting students such as accommodation and other essentials will be addressed.
On paucity of fund, Ogunbodede said; “The university management is partnering with investors to increase the current student’s accommodation by an additional 10,000 bed spaces within the next one year.”
“The university is also procuring three 30 seater buses to alleviate the challenges of student transportation.”