The Vice chancellor, prof. Idowu Olayinka, has stated that the power outage in school for three days was not a deliberate attempt to keep students in the dark and pave way for their failure as perceived in some quarters. This he said during an in-depth interview session with correspondents from the Union Campus of Journalists, University of Ibadan on Sunday, 1st of September, 2019 at the Professor Ayo Banjo Manor. According to him, the power office had sent a message to inform him that there was an explosion at the back of the outgoing Power House at 33kv substation on Friday and as a result, the campus was without public light. They, however, added that the generators would operate for five hours at the night and promised to resolve the issue before Monday. The vice chancellor in a bid to clarify arising surge amidst students, implored them to withhold invalid conclusion that the power outage was an attempt to make them fail. “There was an explosion at the power house between friday and saturday night. Students would have assumed that the power outage was intentional so that they would fail”. While speaking on the security breaches in the university quarters, the vice chancellor further added that it was pertinent that the school had a stable power supply as an absence of it increases the rate of theft in the school.
Meanwhile, the Vice chancellor has also expounded on matters relating to regulation made on authorised persons occupying university quarters. While this unauthorised occupants have contributed to the upsurge in security breaches in the University in recent times, the Vice chancellor adds that the unauthorized occupants had emerge as a result of exploitative actions from some staff members in the school. “A member of the staff will get an official quarter (two bedrooms flat) and a boys quarter to let out at the rate of N3,000 naira per month which eventually sum up to 36,000 naira per year. However, members will proceed to obtain the sum of N180,000 from students for the quarters and not even the main house. Eventually, they (make students) pay five times the actual prices. That is exploitation and so virtually at the end of the day, students transfer accomodation amidst themselves or staff go through proxy to let out quarters to occupants who are not students”. The vice chancellor further adds that the bulgary incident at Amina way over the course of the weekend where two male students were rounded up by the attackers gave revelation to how much they had to pay. While one of them uttered a payment of N150, 000, the other claimed a payment of N180,000. This action according to him is totally illegal and uncalled for. “I can decide to have a building out in Agbowo and rent it out to students and non-students which is not illegal but not the university accomodation for which you are paying N3000 naira and you will now submit it to hapless students for 180,000”.
VC EXPLAINS CAUSE OF POWER OUTAGE, ATTRIBUTES UNAUTHORISED OCCUPANTS IN THE UNIVERSITY QUARTERS TO EXPLOITATIVE STAFF MEMBERS