STUDENTS of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ile-Ife, Osun State threatened violent protest should the school authorities fail to addressed the consistence total blackout in hostels. The students are lamenting over the incessant blackout. saying they could not prepare well for their tests because of the power outage.
At a briefing, the students’ union President, IBIKUNLE Isaac M., flanked by other leaders of the students, said all pleas made to the management to improve power supply to the hostels fell on deaf ears. The students said the situation became worse last week, leading to boycott of lectures for days.
Liveschoolnews.com.ng grapevine learnt that the union’s Welfare Officer wrote to the management on the power situation in the hostels but nothing was done.
Students also held demonstration in all faculties to draw attention to their plight.
When the management did not respond, the students said the last option available to them was to halt activities on the campus until electricity is restored.
The school Public Relations Officer, Mr. Abiodun Olanrewaju, urged the students to remain calm, assuring that the management was responding to the situation. He said the management had spent huge amount on the purchase of diesel for generating plants to serve the students.
Olanrenwaju added that power outage was not peculiar to OAU campus alone, saying it is a national challenge.
His words: “The problem is not from us here. Those who live in Ile-Ife and its environs also encounter the same problem.
The management is trying everything possible it could to ensure power is restored in the hostels using generator. Students need to know that power problem is not limited only to OAU, it is a challenge the whole country is facing.”
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