The ongoing strike by the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities may have seriously affected the students of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
Investigation shows that the majority of the students, who are currently preparing to sit their 2016/2017 Second Semester examinations holding in a fortnight, are at the receiving end of the union’s nationwide industrial action.
Many of the students complained bitterly about not having electricity, water and access to the university’s library and health centre due to the strike.
In the absence of electricity, they are forced to study with the aid of candles and torches. Some of them have had to endure long spells in the cold harmattan weather to read under the solar energy-powered street lamps on the university campus.
Students, acting under the aegis of Education Rights Campaign, described the current situation living condition on their campus as pitiable and inhumane.
In a statement issued by their Acting Coordinator and Secretary, Dunnex Samuel and Damilola Amethyst, respectively, the students accused the school management of insensitivity.
The statement reads in part, “We condemn the insensitive nature displayed by the school management regarding the resumption of students to hostile and life-threatening conditions.
“It is not only cruel, but it is also barbaric for an institution of learning that prides herself as one of the best in the sub-Saharan Africa to accommodate over 35,000 students in an environment that is devoid of health care services and electricity and a non-functional library amidst preparations for an examination.”