Nigerian varsities: Saddled with ageing infrastructure

Nigerian varsities: Saddled with ageing infrastructure


Nigerian varsities: Saddled with ageing infrastructure




Except for the new ones, the average public university in Nigeria is at least three decades old. Unlike old wines that mature with age, however, facilities in these tertiary institutions seem to age as the year passes, with many vice-chancellors promising to upgrade them. From our investigations, many of the universities lack basic infrastructure like regular water supply, sufficient accommodation, well-equipped libraries or functional rest rooms in the halls of residence or in lecture arenas. The story is the same all over, as reported bySAMUEL AWOYINFA (Lagos), MIKE ODIEGWU (Yenagoa), AKINWALE ABOLUWADE (Ibadan), MUDIAGA AFFE (Calabar), FEMI MAKINDE (Ekiti), SUCCESS NWOGU (Ilorin), and JAMES AZANIA (Edo).

The Lagos State University, Ojo, established by the Governor Lateef Jakande administration in 1983, has its own fair share of infrastructure challenges. Though it operates a multi-campus system, its main campus in Ojo has not experienced so much transformation since it was founded 29 years ago. It is still largely an off-campus university because the majority of the students either live in adjoining settlements like Iba, Okokomaiko, Volkswagen, Igando, among others; or come from far flung areas like Victoria Island, Ikoyi, Ikeja, Ogba, etc.

It has other campuses in Epe, Ikorodu Road; and another one housed at Progress College, Abule Egba, among others.

Until the management of the Zenith Bank Plc built an ICT Centre in the institution, the university has only one central library, which could not be classified as an E-Library. Admitting this, the school’s Acting Director of Information, Press and Public Relations, Dr. Sola Fosudo said the ICT Centre built by the bank had become a centre of attraction for students who go there to browse, do their assignments and carry out research via the Internet.

Again, the only department that could be said to be working towards having its own library is the Faculty of Law, housed in a new two-storey building.

Dearth of infrastructural facilities and decay of same where available, are noticeable in almost all the faculties. At the Faculty of Arts, the toilets that serve the students are in bad shape, as many do not have running water. The water closets in one of the toilets built on the open field very close to the L and H lecture rooms have darkened with use, while some of the lids are in various states of disrepair.

Out of the four toilets in this bungalow, three have no doors. And since water does not flow, a big plastic bowl is placed under a tap, which runs in epileptic mode, from which users could draw water for personal cleaning up and flushing.


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God will save us

A 35-year-old man, who claimed to have the powers to exorcise evil spirits, was, yesterday, charged with N600,000 fraud before a Yaba Magistrate’s Court, Lagos.

The accused appeared before Magistrate S.K. Matepo for allegedly defrauding Mrs Franca Iboi of N600,000 under the guise of offering prayers to cleanse her business centre of evil spirits, he pleaded not guilty.

The prosecutor, told the court that the accused had no fixed address and was unemployed. He said the alleged offences were committed between February 11 and 16, in Ikotun area of Lagos.

He told the court that his accomplice was at large. He said the complainant owned a car wash business of which he claimed was infested with evil charms.

Eruada told the court that the accused and his accomplice claimed to be prophets, “whereas, their intention was to defraud. They asked the complainant to pray and fast and that in three days, they were going to remove the evil charms. On one of the days, the accused and his accomplice offered some prayers in her car wash business and when fire gushed out from a corner of the compound, she believed in them. This made her to give them N600,000 to purchase items for the cleansing of the centre.”

Said the complainant was also asked to sell her car in addition to the money already collected from her.

“The request for additional money made things clear to the complainant that she was being duped. She informed the police who laid in wait for the accused when they came to collect the proceeds from the sale of the car. When they came, the spiritualist was arrested, but the other man escaped.”

The prosecutor told the court that the alleged offences contravened Sections 278, 285, and 409 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Lagos State.

The magistrate granted the accused bail in the sum of N200,000, with two sureties in like sum.

Yop and Katherine here asking what do you think can be done about the issue of spiritualists in our society??

‘My parents parted ways after they discovered they are brother and sister’ – Harrysong


Harrison Tari Okri, popularly known as Harrysong is a fast rising R&B singer signed to Question Mark Records. In an interview with Yes! Magazine, he revealed how his parent gave birth to him not knowing they were actually blood relations. His words below:

I am an only child. I learnt that when my mother was alive, she met my father, then she was still in school and they were in the same class and in the same village. But they didn’t know they were closely related. After my mum gave birth to me, she and my dad discovered they were actually brother and sister and subsequently separated. So, I was born based on what our villagers regard as abomination. They attempted to kill my father in the village, but he fled. Because in Warri where I come from, it’s a taboo. They termed it incest. They both eventually married other people.

HUSBAND: My Wife Is Using Night Vigil To Commit Adultery

Mr. Daniel Folorunsho, a 43-year-old Lagosian, on Thursday told a Grade ‘A’ Customary court in Ojo, Lagos State, that his wife was engaging in adultery, under the guise of attending church vigil.

Daniel, a resident of Oke-Afo on the Lagos-Badagry Expressway is seeking the dissolution of his 10-year-old marriage to his wife, Yemi, over her infidelity.

Testifying during the hearing, Daniel said on February 25, he went early to Festac town to see his brother, only to see his wife emerging from a road in the vicinity with a man.

He said that he was shocked to see her as she had claimed to be heading for a vigil and he knew her church to be along the Oke-Afo axis, not some 40-kilometres away in Festac town, Lagos.Daniel told the court that he immediately crossed over and stopped Yemi and her partner, but she said she had gone for the vigil in the Festac district of her church and introduced the man as the District Pastor.He said that after the incident, his wife continued to leave home frequently – under the pretext of attending night vigil – until March 13, when he acted on a tip-off from a neighbour and caught her with the same man.

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