Some students of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, who were occupants of the Angola Hall of residence Block G, were sent away from their rooms without any alternative provision.
Campus Reporter discovered that the reason for displacing these occupants from their rooms was because their block is currently being renovated.
Some of the occupants of the affected hall spoke with this paper expressing their feelings about the development. Due to the peculiarity of the situation, their identities have been concealed.
One of the occupants said that the reason for sending them away from their rooms was because the block is under renovation but the school authorities did not make any provisions for them to stay while this is done.
“We were sent away from our hostel because they (school authorities) are renovating our block. No provision was made for us as regards where to stay. They (school authorities) only told us to go and squat with our friends in other hostels,” he said.
He also lamented the maltreatment meted out to them by the people working in his room stating they could not pack their loads away from the room and whenever they go to their room to take something that they (occupants) are chastised.
“We could not pack away our properties such as mattresses and cloths from the room. Whenever we go there to make use of them, they (hall porters) usually shout on us,” he lamented.
Another occupant who spoke with Campus Reporter highlighted the same problem.
“Yes, we were sent packing from our room but it is just for renovation. And no provision was made for us. We were only told to leave and find a place to stay as the renovation is ongoing.”
Another occupant of the block corroborated the story, confirming that students are now harassed whenever they attempt to go into their rooms.
“All students in Block G in Angola have been chased out without providing provisions for us. To make the matter worse, whenever we go back to relax in our various rooms because we did not have a good rest only for the portals to be harassing us,” he complained.
He went further to ask for assistance in alleviating the situation, noting that their mid-semester test is around the corner.
“Please help us do something about this because CA is around the corner and we can’t continue like this. They said we should go and squat with our friends but most of them are not convenient with us and we are not convenient too,” he pleaded.
Meanwhile, all efforts to contact the Dean, Division of Students’ Affairs, Prof. Isiaka Aransi, proved abortive as all calls and texts were not acknowledged.
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