Students of the University of Ibadan (UI), on Saturday morning staged a peaceful protest to express their displeasure over poor infrastructural facilities and epileptic power supply which have been plaguing the university community for some time now.
The students, who were seen chanting songs and carrying placards with the inscription ‘no light, no water,’ barricaded the gate leading to the university around 11:05am, while motorists made attempts either trying to park or make u-turns to avoid falling victims to the angry demonstrators.
The protest resulted into a major gridlock in all the major roads leading to the institution.
The premier university has been suffering from epileptic power supply in recent times. This has resulted to lack of water in hostels and other parts of the community.
Thousands of students who participated in yesterday’s demonstration ensured that all activities in the school were paralysed.
They accused the school authorities of ignoring the problems in spite of the several efforts made to call its attention to the situation.
President of the Students’ Union, Mr. Olateju Oladimeji, lamented that the union had written the authorities over the problem but that there had been no positive response.
He said: “We have been living on the campus without electricity and water for the past three weeks. Sanitary situation on the campus is currently at its lowest and we notified the school authority, but it refused to take any action. The management is insensitive to our plight.”