Transportation Crisis: OAU Students in Pains
NEWS DIGEST – The Students of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) upon resuming to the 2017/208 session has recently been faced with transportation problem due to the new accommodation policy of the university management.
Transportation in and out of the institution premises have been bad as students are seen in large numbers queuing and waiting for buses to convey them to their destinations.
During the last session, a large percentage of OAU students stayed on campus through different means (legally or illegally).
However, this new session the university management has reduced the number of bed spaces, renovated the halls of residence and further prohibited squatting in rooms.
This policy has made a large percentage of OAU students to stay off campus, thereby faced with transportation issues. Speaking to this reporter, a student of Dramatic arts who pleaded anonymity lamented over the transportation crisis.
He said nowadays, he treks out of campus if he can’t get a bus especially around 5pm to 8pm. He added that it is now survival of the fittest to get a bus as you have to join long queues or rush to force your way in.
Another Student who also pleaded anonymity said the condition has been unfavorable as students have to now compete for bus spaces. He said it waste time and energy after a stressful day on campus. He further added that the early morning struggle to get to campus for lectures sometimes make them untidy afterwards, late or eventually miss classes.
A bus driver named Kunle confirmed the bad transportation situation, he said the increase in the number of students staying off campus caused the struggle for transportation on campus.
He further added that there is a rumored policy underground stating that only 100 buses will be allowed to plight the campus to and fro. He advised that though the policy should not been implemented.
When contacted, the university Public relations officer , Mr Abiodun Olanrewaju stated that the he is not aware of any transportation problem on campus and further stated that the university has no relationship with whatever transportation difficulties faced by the students.
In his words, he said: “the students should individually find their way in and out of campus, it is not the duty of the school to provide transportation for anybody’’.
He concluded by denying the rumoured policy of limiting the number of buses that ply campus because the university management has no affair with movement of students in and out of campus.
Farombi Oluwaseun is a campus journalist.
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