College students of the Obafemi Awolowo College, Ile-Ife, underneath the auspices of Motion Committee of the Nice Ife College students’ Union on Tuesday, decried what they termed unfavourable lodging coverage of the college administration.
They accused the college authorities of exposing over 80 per cent of scholars of the establishment to hazard of incessant assaults, rape, and molestation, via its new lodging coverage that ejected them out of the hostel to take up lodging exterior the campus.
In line with them, college students had been being attacked and raped every day exterior the campus, citing a case of half two pupil of the Division of Accounting & Administration who died of gunshots lately throughout a theft incident at a constructing occupied by college students of the college.
“The most recent of brutality and molestation skilled by our college students on each day foundation exterior the campus was 5 theft assaults in a single evening few weeks in the past, during which lots of our college students had been victims. ”
The scholars additional alleged that the lodging coverage was particularly conceived to guard sure financial curiosity on the detriment of the scholars, saying majority of high-priced hostels exterior the campus had been owned by principal officers of the college.
Addressing pressmen on the NUJ Correspondents’ Chapel, Osogbo, the Osun State capital, the Chairman of the Committee, Comrade Olowolafe Dunsi, carpeted the OAU administration led by the Vice-chancellor, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede for making a smooth touchdown for his quite a few ” anti-students insurance policies” by prescribing college students’ union within the establishment on flimsy floor.
“Because the congressionally and democratically instituted organ of the scholars’ union, which was put in place by college students within the later a part of 2017, when the Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede -led administration introduced a suspension of the College students’ union, we reserve the accountability and proper to talk on behalf of the nice college students of the Obafemi Awolowo College.
“In the meantime, whereas the union was reported to have been suspended, the college administration saved handful of chosen Corridor Executives Committee to manage college students residing within the halls of residence.
“The essence of maintaining the HEC was made identified when a brand new lodging coverage was launched final yr, because the Corridor Executives had been used to impose the unfavourable lodging coverage by the administration.
“With out mincing phrases, the lodging coverage was a depraved response to the disaster of congestion on the college campus, Dunsi resorted “.
He additional accused the college administration, led by the previous Vice-chancellor, Prof. Story Omole of syphoning N5.6 bn NEEDS Evaluation Funds launched to the college to curb lodging challenges.
In line with him, the funds had been launched in tranches between 2013 and 2014, during which N4 bn out of the cash was meant for constructing 4 new reasonably priced halls of residences and the remainder to upset staff’ allowances.
“Each functions weren’t fulfilled, and the then Vice-chancellor, Prof. Story Omole had been left off the hook for syphoning these funds, for the reason that completion of his administration. We demand a probe of the Vice-chancellor and a restoration of these funds”.
The scholars thereafter demanded rapid reinstatement of their union, an finish to victimisation of scholars’ activists, and beneficial lodging coverage that tends to guard the lives and property of scholars amongst different calls for.
Nonetheless, all efforts to get the response of the college administration virtually proved abortive as textual content messages despatched to the Public Relations Officer of the establishment, Mr Abiodun Olanrewaju was not replied as on the time of submitting this report.