THE Vice Chancellor of University of Benin (UNIBEN), Prof. Faraday Orumwense and his principal officers recently went round the university's hostels in a bid to tackle any difficulties students might be facing. Getting to Akanu Ibiam Halls of resident (a.k.a Hall 4), the team decried the state of the facility and promised to put things in order.
The visit, Campusnews gathered was scheduled sequel to plans to carry out a massive renovation exercise on the school's hostels during the holidays.
The Public Relations officer, Mr. Michael Osayuki, disclosed that he gets calls from students and through the Student's Union Government (SUG), complaining about the state of the facilities in the hostels and that the university plans to renovate all the facilities during the holidays.
"Apart from learning facilities, there are other things to put in place. The hostels are among such facilities," he said.
In a related development, Mr. Osayuki decried the lack of maintenance culture among students and Nigerians in general. He disclosed that students do not treat the school's facilities as their personal property, adding that they misuse and destroy them without remorse.
I can attest to the fact that this hostel isn't conducive, but I don't stay in the hostels, students are the ones who stay there. They have to keep their hostel clean always. Use the bathroom appropriately, place dirt in the waste bin and also, use the sporting equipment properly. It is not about changing the facilities, but the ability to maintain them when new ones are installed, he said.
However, the Vice Chancellor has directed the Director of Works, to ensure quick and efficient renovation of all the facilities. He also said when the ongoing construction of hostels in the Site B of the university is completed; it would help decongest the hostels.
Source: The Guardian