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Friday, 14 January 2022

Students and workers at Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), have decried the epileptic power supply on and off-campus. Nevertheless, they call on authorities in the institution and electricity distribution companies (discos) to address the issue. correspondent reports.

Power supply is nothing to write home about in the country. Therefore, people rely on generator as their major source of power. Uninterrupted electricity is essential in schools,homes, factories and the likes.

Essentially on and  off campus, regular electricity supply affords students opportunity to read and engage in proper research. But when power supply is erratic or non existent, they go through nightmare studying effectively.

At Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), which has been in existence since 2011, power supply is problematic, despite being one of the highest paying institutions in the Southwest.

The state of electricity in Oye is terrible, both off campus and on campus. Sadly, the school relies on generator to power lecture theatres,offices and all.

Correspondent learnt that there are inadequate transformers in Oye and it’s really affecting the distribution of electricity.

In an interview, Students Union President, Salahudeen Teslim said the SUG executives were  working towards engaging  concerned stakeholders through peaceful demonstration and dialogue to ensure uninterrupted electricity.

Our day-to-day operations require   stable power supply. But poor power supply  affects our academic life except for students who have  alternatives. As a union, we’re working round the clock to ensure that we leave the situation better than we met it.

“I am very much optimistic that the outcome would be commensurate to the sacrifices of our heroes whom were victims of the September 9 struggle in Oye-Ekiti, over this same electricity issue,” he said.

He added that though the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Abayomi Sunday Fasina, is very much concerned about the situation,a permanent solution is required.

“The situation in Oye is  survival, only for the fittest. However, we’re trying to adapt, though, this might be too demanding and burdensome for our fresh students,” he said.

Victor Osunrayi, a 400-Level Mass Communication student, said: “Electricity in FUOYE isn’t the kind of electricity we do have back in our homes. It’s pretty poor!  It has affected academics in terms of students struggling to charge their devices (phone, laptops, rechargeable lamps etc) and this would affect how  they read and do their assignments.’’

While calling for more transformers,he noted  that students  rely on their friends who switch on their generator around 8pm to 10pm.

Awe Oluwapelumi,a 300-Level Political Science student  said power supply in Oye is the worst in the  Southwest.

He said: “I have visited Abeokuta, Lagos and Ibadan. When there’s power supply in Oye, there are some places in the community where people cannot even charge their   mobile phones because  of low current. And it seems  community leaders are not making any attempt to make it better. On the  average, we have seven days of electricity supply in one month which is very bad in an area being inhabited by students.”

He also stated that this has contributed to how students procrastinate when it comes to reading and that most times they exhaust their allowance on fuel.

He advised community leaders to collaborate with the discos  on ways to make the electricity supply stable to some extent.

On efforts by management to address the situation, he said: “I don’t think the school management has been doing anything to improve this situation. Even the street lights that were meant to be functional on campus are neglected.The school has been in existence for close to 11 years now, but it is still battling with epileptic electricity supply.

“Power bank has become everyone’s best friend  because  hardly will you see a FUOYE student without it.We also use torch  to read. Imagine finding it difficult to learn and at the same time going through the stress of charging your gadget everytime.”

Fasipe Akintayo, a 300-Level student, said poor electricity has affected students’ productivity.

He lamented that  students read at POS centres and warned those who read  beside generating sets to desist because  the fume is dangerous to health.

He, however, urged  management to seek   assistance from the government, although the school is trying to fix solar panel on  the  premises.

“Government should pay more attention to electricity in Oye considering that students learn there. Rural electrification and developing an alternative like solar or renewable energy should be considered” he said.

Ibitola Oluwaseun, a 300-Level History and International Relations student, urged the  Federal Government to improve electricity in the community.


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