Dated: 9th February, 2012
Student Affairs Division
University Of Lagos
THE POOR STUDENTS’ WELFARE IN HALLS OF RESIDENCE IN UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS
I am a student of this school (University of Lagos) who resides in one of the halls of residence at new hall.
I humbly write to you on the grounds that I am sad with the deteriorated facilities and poor students’ welfare in the halls of residence.
It is worrisome to know that since September 2011 when we (students) began the race towards securing bed space, it was like going through hell, from final year, balloting to year one procedures as some of us queued several times in front of DSA’s office from dawn till evening.
It is pathetic and painful for us to realize that at this time of the semester, we still have about 350 bed spaces available when so many of us were made to think initially that bed spaces had finished, one wonders why the school authorities were hoarding bed spaces initially. Sampled opinion shows that each student of this school who stays outside campus spent averagely N25,000 on transporting his/herself to and fro for lectures per semester and the school authority still expect such a student to pay a session fee for hostel which amount to another N24,000.
Personally, after I secured a bed space through balloting and paid about N24,000 inclusive of other charges, it may interest you to know that after moving in, I found myself staying in a room without mattress, fan, bunk, without lamp holder nor bulb, no electric switch of any sort. When I asked the porter for mattress, in his words, he said “ehn we don’t have mattresses but we will try to recover some” asked where should I sleep that night, he said “I don’t know” the so called mattresses to be recovered have been in use several years back, they are spoilt and they are already in a state in which they should be trashed.
I bought a lamp holder, a bulb and paid the school electrician to install it for me. I wonder why bed spaces were allocated when there are neither beds nor bunks.
The University of First Choice and the nations pride at 50 still cannot take care of her students’ welfare properly, school authority resolved to an act that I called “mass exploitation of students”. It is sad and shameful when we all know what is obtainable even in universities in Ghana.
I personally and on behalf of my fellow Akokites hereby plead with the school authority to fix the deteriorated facilities and appliances in our hostels, supply new mattresses and bunks, reduce the hostel fee for those students who will get the remaining 350 allocations.
We are giving the school authority seven (7) days to fix the problems mentioned above and if nothing is done about it. We will take necessary action.
Please note that we live in the hostels and as students we have all the sophisticated gadgets to do the recordings and having links in so many media organization we will not hesitate to reveal the real University Of Lagos at 50.