The students of the College of Medicine and Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lagos are at loggerheads with the school authorities due to decision of the later to supply only four hours of power for the students to use.
“This is to inform all the students of the College of Medicine and the Faculty of Pharmacy that with effect from 1st December 2018, power supply in the hostel will until further notice be rationed as follows: Morning: 7am to 8am- 1hour; Evening: 7pm to 10pm- 2hours. The Management therefore implores all students for understanding,” the notice seen by BusinessDay reads.
The notice was signed on November 30 by A.O. Adeyemo, principal assistant secretary of the College of Medicine. The provost, deputy provost, acting college secretary, director of engineering services, director students affairs unit, chairman male hostel management committee, chairman female hostel management committee, chief house keeper –male hostel, principal executive officer –female hostel, and faculty managers were copied in the notice.
On Monday December 3, 2018, the medical and pharmacy students held a meeting with Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost. A source privy to this development said, “We just had a meeting with the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost. They said that to pacify us, they would bring the light back for this week while they deliberate, but we would have to pay the increase in funds for the light. If not, we would return back to just 4 hours of light per day.”
“They are saying that the students will be metered now; so there is the tendency that students will pay for the energy they expend. As at now there is still no light, but promises have been made for light to be brought back before deliberations are made on Thursday,” according to our source.
How it all started
A students who spoke to BusinessDay said, “Our hostel fee has been N33,000 for some time but there was an instalment of power plant in school with a promise by the school authority to give us uninterrupted power supply; our hostel fees was then increased to N44,000.
“Thereafter the students complained to SERVICOM in Unilag and SERVICOM got back to the Provost of the College that it is impossible for students in “College” to pay double of the hostel fees of “Akoka” students. The Provost is taking it out on the students that they will just have 4 hours of power supply in a day. That is outrageous for a medical school and is the worst that has been heard among federal schools in a long time,” the student noted.
It was learnt that the students signed an Indemnity Form earlier on, “which has taken the right of students to protest,” according to our source.
Other students of the university “Akoka” campus could not resume for the 2018/2019 first semester on November 18 as scheduled because of a strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).