While Mr. Oladosu Olaleye, the Public Relations Officer of the Students Union, University of Ibadan, has included the purchase of a brand new laptop for his office in his budget, the Students’ Representatives Council went for the approval of the repair of the old laptop assigned to the office in order to cut cost.
The budget which was presented to the Council at its emergency sitting on Saturday, 3rd September 2016 was a sum of N1, 756, 550, and it included the purchase of a brand new laptop for N100, 000. However, the Chairman of the Finance Committee, Mr. Akuma Joseph recommended that N30,000 be approved for repair of the old laptop rather than the purchase of a new one.
PRO of the Union, Mr. Olaleye, informed the legislators that the condition of the laptop cannot be repaired. He admitted that though, he made no enquiry as regards the problem confronting the laptop, he mentioned that the immediate past PRO informed him that it was beyond repair.
“The laptop which was bought in 2012 is in a deplorable state. It has a lot of issues which is beyond repair. The immediate past PRO told me it is beyond repair. He tried to repair it but the same fault kept occurring”, he told the Council.
He added that, “since I assumed office, I have been using my laptop and that is not proper.”
However, the Chairman of the Finance Committee argued that no laptop is beyond repair. He requested that the laptop be brought forward and he said to legislators that since the screen of the laptop is still intact, the problem could be checked by an engineer and faults could be resolved.
After contributions from members of the Council, the Speaker of the Council, Rt. Hon. Onifade Bello, stood the ground that repair be made to the old laptop rather than the purchase of a new one in order to cut cost.
“As it stands, we will be going by the recommendation of the Finance Committee that N30, 000 be approved for repair”, he said.
While N1, 756, 550 was budgeted, N1, 577, 050 and a N100, 000, which was moved from the President’s budget for Jaw War, was approved for the PRO’s office.