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CASE STUDY: MELLANBY HALL

 ADELOLA ADELOYE READING ROOM: A THING OF BEAUTY IS NOT A JOY FOREVER

Perhaps, we might commence our analysis from the standpoint of flattery. Kenneth Mellanby Hall, the premier and smallest residence hall in the University of Ibadan has the finest reading room in the varsity; all thanks to Professor Adelola Adeloye and the Bolaji Bello-led administration that deemed it fit to host a personality lecture.

Meanwhile, it did not take long for things to start going awry at the Adelola Adeloye reading room – the aircons were the first to go on relegation; the light and sockets followed suit. While both of these anomalies have been corrected, some openings in the ceiling have now given in to leakages of raindrops.

 

COMING TO MELLANBY: HOME OF BAD BREATH

If you had determined to do some meditating, yoga or some “close your eyes and breathe in” exercises, Mellanby Hall would be your worst choice. For those that care, the state of Mellanby toilets could be summarized in this phrase, “bad breadth”. The toilets are in a dilapidated state and it takes so much for it to qualify as a restroom. In second floor, Block A of the premier hall of the premier university, a water closet has already been closed down due to the persistent misuse of it, over time.

Speaking of the bathrooms, they have become so waterlogged that if care is not taken, the feet of incautious visitors/users will give in to the water force. I could not but ask myself, ” Are we planning to convert our bathrooms to swimming pools? Many problems with that, you’d say, because the waters are dirty and yet they also breed bad breath like pets.

Mellanby Hall has a name for its serene and peaceful atmosphere. It at least does not overdo “aroism”. It does not appear a barrack unlike some other male hostels. The little problem with our great hall is in the unhygienic nature of its residents culminating in the dilapidations of its structure. The most hit structure are the restrooms and it is so sad that the #16,000.00  overpayment we commenced making on accommodation this session has nowhere to go in remedying this bloated unpalatable situation. Perhaps, the management has something to say on this.

 

MELLANBY KITCHENETTES: FADED GLORIES

When kitchenettes still had their glory, Kenneth Mellanby hall was not short of the glow. But, gone are those days. The state of kitchenettes are not so welcoming. Some kitchenettes have been thrown into outer darkness. Either the sockets or the bulb have become dysfunctional. In worst case scenarios, both.

On the other hand, some kitchenettes that have light have now been given the status of a room by certain students – squatters. Once more, it becomes clearer than light that Mellanbites are the main cause of the degrading state of the hall. But, ought the hall management look over this mishap as if is not their business?

 

MELLANBY DUNGEON: THE PIT OF HELL WHERE MOSQUITOES ARE BRED

Yes! There is a pit of hell in Kenneth Mellanby hall where mosquitoes are bred; so dreadful that no one likes to be allocated to a room there, but it is a known fact that it is unavoidable for some to reside there. The ground floor in Block A in this hall is the dungeon. The grasses around here are overgrown; the land is water logged and the waters are stinking; yes, “stinking” and adding to the bad breath emanating from the bathrooms and toilets.

It is true that students are responsible for this. Meanwhile, a reasonable approach to be taken by the hall management is not to turn a blind eye to this anomaly. The reasonable thing is to renovate the kitchenettes and install sinks that could serve as good sewage systems.

 

MELLANBY HALL: I SEE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL

In Mellanby hall, certain renovations have been going on since the commencement of this semester. This will make it seem the management have been using the accommodation fees wisely. Or maybe not, you decide. Jus about eight weeks into resumption, the management commenced painting of rooms in the hall. Hopes of most mellanbites were raised, in anticipation for a glossy outlook of their rooms only to have those hopes dashed not quite long when the Press found out from the hall management that only the rooms that were affected by the windstorm that took place  in April would be renovated. So heartbreaking for some!

It will interest our readers to know that Mellanby hall did not stop there. Window nets are being provided for rooms that have suffered from wear or tear of their window nets. The sad thing about this however is that this is not a matter of equality, it is one of equity. Only rooms whose nets are no longer good have the privilege of having their window nets changed. Dear reader, does that seem right to you? In my own opinion, no problems, provided this renovation can be done from time to time. It won’t be right if the nets that are in right conditions now suffer the fate of tearing up in one or two semesters to come, and the management decides to fold their arms. That would be both inequity.

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