“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” ― Benjamin Franklin
Just about everything in this world is easier said than done, with the exception of “systematically assisting Sisyphus’s stealthy, cyst-susceptible sister,” which is easier done than said. But it is frustrating to be reminded of this fact. The University of Ibadan Management have been on the peak of endless promises since the inception of the current 2017/2018 academic session that started on Sunday 6th May, 2018 (for returning students). But it appears these promises are now turning to capital projects with time. This is the fifth week of resumption, and many things promised by the Management are yet unresolved.
CONTINUAL SUSPENSION OF THE STUDENTS’ UNION
May 29 last month marked the one-year anniversary of the suspended Students’ Union in the University of Ibadan, after the strike action that led to the closure of the school for over 7weeks. The Management of the University not only promised to reinstate the Union, but also to bring back the Unionism among students. Obviously the roles of the Union in any institution of learning can never be overlooked. Dear Management, this is the 6th week of stallite resumption, but yet, not a word has been said on the fate of our dear Union.
INHABITABLE CONDITIONS OF THE HOSTELS
The Vice Chancellor in his magnanimity assuredly promise the renovation of each and every halls of residence as quick as possible. Apart from the fumigation done by the Social Work department of the institution (which the effect is even yet to be seen), the halls of residence have continued to remain inhabitable for humans. The students have struggled out of nothing to pay three times of the former accommodation fee, but yet, at this sixth week of stallite resumption, no miracle has happened to the defaced walls and toilets in the halls of residence. It is true that it takes courage to promise, and conscience to fulfill it.
THE UNTIDY STREETS IN UI
This probably seems to be the most displeasing thing on campus right now. The roads that have been constructed for almost 70 years now, have now turned to the house of debris. Maintenance culture in this part of the world is nothing to write home about. Ironically, these roads are plied by almost every principal officers and stakeholders in the institution, but no one has seemed to notice that our streets and roads are no longer the way they used to be.
THE FALLEN TREES IN UI
When the wind that fell destroyed buildings and fell down trees in the university community touched the important parts of Lord Tedder hall of residence (even before the official resumption of the school, no one would ever argue to still have those trees lying as they are. Yet, so many trees have fell even after then – Department of Physics can be a simple example. All these deface and later defame the integrity of our institution. And this sometimes brings irrational questions from the concerned students of the institution. The managerial characteristic of a good leader begins to be in question. Dear Management, the UI community at large needs a thorough survey. Because a stitch in time, saves nine.
UNSOPHISTICATION OF THE UI ID CARD
A word is an egg. Definitely the management might have forgotten the hype on the then proposed school identity card for all students. The Management had promised to produce Smart Identity Cards that will be chip-based with multiple functionality as it can be used for identification, access control, attendance system, library facility usage, login access to computers, payment for services, e-learning and medical information storage. The surprise was the unsophistication of this ID card as against the huge amount of money collected to produce just a normal double colour ID Card. Till now, no explanation has been made on this.
SCHOOL RECEIPT AND THE SCAMS BEHIND IT
The University anthem claims in its second stanza that social justice should be held in high esteem. But what of other forms of justice? When it comes to the financial aspect of the institution, the students are subjected to payments which they do not even have a benefit of. It will be recalled that the uproar that initiated this academic session on the increment in school fees and practical levies, is still very debatable. But the breakdown on the school fees receipt gives a rise to so many questions. The ancient ‘Ojurere disc’ that has been in the school fees for every fresh student in the university has never been given to any students. The amount collected on ID Card for returning students is questionable. Since the stallites have been issued an ID Card to last throughout their years in UI, is still yet a surprise that over one thousand naira has been charged for this.
Dear Management, we have so much hope in this current administration. But remember, trust is like an eraser, it gets shorter after erasing a mistake. Now that we can still amend the errors, now that the semester is young, now that things have really not gone out of hands – the most adorable thing the entirety of UI expects from you is to act fast.