Robberies: OAU students appeal to FG, management for more hostels

Students of the Obafemi Awolowo University , Ile -Ife , Osun State , have urged the Federal Government and the management of the institution to provide more accommodation for them on the campus .

The call for more hostel accommodation follows reports of incessant robbery attacks on students residing off the campus .

One of such incidents occurred in the early hours of Sunday, December 23 , 2018 , and led to the death of Abiodun Babalola , a 300 -level student in the Department of Management and Accounting .

The victim died as a result of injuries he sustained during an armed robbery attack on the Adam and Eve Hostel , Parakin, Ede Road , Ile - Ife .

Information on the website of the institution puts the current number of students at over 30 ,000 , rising steadily from 244 in 1962 / 63 , when the OAU commenced academic programmes.

However , Wikipedia , edited two months ago , put the current OAU student population at around 35 ,000 , while the institution presently has 7 ,980 bed spaces .

The Vice -Chancellor , OAU , Prof . Eyitope Ogunmodede, had stated during the last convocation of the institution that through collaborative efforts with some private investors , the university planned to add 1 ,000 bed spaces to the existing ones in the next two years .

Going by the estimated student population of 35 ,000 and the projection of 8,980 bed spaces in another two years , about 74 .34 per cent of the current students will live off- campus . The number may increase if the student population rises during the period .

Investigations revealed that the management of the university introduced hostel identity cards at the beginning of the 2017/ 2018 academic session to ensure that only students allocated bed spaces live in the hostels .

Sources among the students said before the measure was introduced , as much as 16 students were staying in a room with eight bed spaces , thereby putting pressure on infrastructure in hostels across the campus .

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