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Group Raises Alarm In UI Over Poor Condition Of Facilities

Education Rights Campaign (ERC) University of Ibadan chapter, has raised an alarm over what it described as the poor condition of facilities at the institution.

The group said it had noticed the poor welfare condition in the institution since the reopening of the University for the commencement of physical academic activities on 20th March, 2023.

ERC noted that basic needs like electricity and water supplies across the campus have remained epileptic adding that the situation had worsened the condition of certain facilities like toilets, bathrooms and lecture rooms across the campus.

ERC made these disclosures through a statement signed by its branch secretary, Alesh Debs.

In the statement, Debs insisted that the poor condition of the university would have negative consequences on both the academic performance and the health condition of the majority of the students on campus.

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He said since the reopening of the university for the commencement of physical academic activities on 20th March 2023, the Education Rights Campaign, ERC, University of Ibadan chapter have noticed the continuous poor welfare condition on campus.

He urged the Students’ Union in the university to rise to the occasion.

The group urged the leadership of the students’ union to convene a congress of students so as to create an avenue for democratic discussion among students on the range of issues currently affecting them on campus.

It added that the congress will offer students the opportunity to discuss the continuous stay in office by the union executive.

It alleged that the union had spent over 3 years which is far beyond the period of one academic session stipulated in the students’ union constitution.

Principal Assistant Registrar, Public Communications at the University, Joke Akinpelu, when contacted, noted that the poor electricity supply was not peculiar to the institution but rather it is a nationwide problem.

According to her, last year the IBEDC gave UI The Best Customer of the Year Award for consistent payment of bills, which sometimes may be as high as 70 million naira while adding that the institution spends so much on diesel to power the generating sets to lessen the effects of power outage.

She said the management will welcome advice from the ERC on how to ameliorate the situation rather than complaining.

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