BY IKENNA ASOMBA & MOSES ADEYEMI
With a rekindled hope that authorities of the Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, has promised to commence the building of male and female campus hostels to accommodate its teeming student populace, the students have urged the management to fulfill its promises by January 2013.
Recall the Vice Chancellor, Prof. John Obafunwa, while addressing new students during the 2012/13 orientation exercise, had assured that the rapid infrastructural and academic facelift taking place in the university will make study easier for students, even as he noted that “very soon, the infrastructures we are putting up will be completed. The building of male and female hostels for students on campus will commence by 2013, to be handled by a private company.”
As about 95 per cent of students of the university reside in off-campus hostels, some of the students who spoke to Quadlife said the call for more campus hostels became imperative as the hostels which they reside in are not conducive and their rents are on the high side.
Amongst the necessary facilities which they complained to be lacking in the off-campus hostels are constant power supply for reading, potable water, distraction from other neighbours who are non-students, and the dilapidated state of the buildings which they reside.
A 400L student who spoke to Quadlife urged the varsity management to fulfill its promises of building conducive hostels for both male and female students on campus. According to him, residing in the off-campus non-conducive hostels have negative impacts on their health and academic. performances after exams.
While applauding the school for its academic and infrastructural facelift, Oluwamuyiwa Jegede, a 400 level student appealed to Governor Babatunde Fashola to disburse more funds to the university to facilitate the building of more hostels in the university.
In the same vein, Oluwadara Onipede, 200L Mass Communication called on government and the school management to come to their aid as their parents are not financially buoyant to pay about N196,000 as tuition fees and still pay monthly rents.