By Ayobami Olutaiwo (Student reporter)
Students of Federal University of Oye Ekiti (FUOYE) have disagreed with management of the institution over a claim that the campus community enjoys electricity supply from generators between 6 am and 10 pm on daily basis.
FUOYE’s Spokesperson, Godfrey Bakji, had made the claim in a report published on Monday to support the University reasons for tuition increment.
“Besides, on a daily basis, we have to expend more money in managing the university and getting so many projects done as demanded by our students. We put on the generator as early as 6 am and put them off at 10 pm on a daily basis and we all know the cost of diesel,” Bakji noted on Monday.
But the FUOYE students disagreed to having a 16-hour power supply from morning to dusk every day.
A student, Oke Emmanuel, one of the school hostel executives told this reporter that the management statement was misleading, stating the timing the school powers the generator was not for 16 hours daily. He said the school hostel do not have light from 11 am to 7 pm as claimed by the authorities.
“In the hostel, they put on the generator around 7 am and at times 8 am and put it off by 10 or 11 am. Later in the day, between 7 pm and 8 pm the generator would be powered and off it by 10pm and sometimes 11 pm, said Emmanuel describing the situation “not favourable and unhelpful.
“During that period that there will be no light, there will not be water too, and water is important, it is one of the things we lament on because if there is light, automatically, there will be water too,” he added.
A 300- level student of English, Olaniyan Folakemi said the non-hostels area of the school only get electricity from generators between 10 am and 4 pm every working day. “And, perhaps, if there is an issue somewhere, there won’t be light all through.”
“The claim that the management supply power through the generator from 6 am-10 pm is absolutely false because I have never experienced it and this is my third year on campus now,” she added.
Another student from the Faculty of Education, Ibrahim Akorede also said the students had never witnessed the supply of power from 6 am to 10 pm on campus.
“The management’s claim is not true. It is a total falsehood. The supply of power using the generator is between 10 am and 4 pm,” he said.
Effort to get reaction from the school’s spokesperson was proved abortive, as he did not reply to the text messages sent to him since Wednesday.
The university just increased the acceptance fees from N40,000 to N50,000 and medical fee from N5000 to N10,000.