STUDENTS of Obafemi
Awolowo University
(OAU), Ile-Ife, in Osun
State have cried out over
bed bug invasion of
their halls of residence.
The students who spoke
through their Students
Union, claimed that the
varsity management
has failed to live up to
expectations and have
left students at the
mercy of blood sucking
bed bugs in their halls.
In an open letter signed
by the Union President,
Oyekan Ibukun Edward,
the students threatened
to showdown if the issue
is not taken care by the
varsity management.
The letter reads in part,
“It is no longer news
how the management of
various varsities across
the nation maltreat
students by harbouring
and accommodating them
on filthy and “Kirikirilike”
prisons called halls
of residence/hostels.”
The students further
alleged that the university
management has refused to
fumigate hostels even after
resumption of freshmen.
“To avoid the envisaged
embarrassing situation, we
wrote to the management
through her Division
of Students’ Affairs to
ensure that the Halls of
Residence are fumigated
before resumption, that is,
Sunday 30th April, 2017 to avoid the barbaric “Military
coup” of bedbugs we have
even been facing severely
before the last session ended
(2015/2016 session) and
to ensure that our fresh
students are not affected
with this dangerous bedbugs
as the need for them to live
happily in their halls can
never be flinched and flung.
“Bedbugs should be
extincted from our halls of
residence. We say no to their
parades in our rooms, they
are not our roommates.”
The students also raised an
alarm that bushes have began
to overtake their hostels
thereby leaving them open
to scorpions, snakes and
other dangerous animals.
Checks on halls of
residence revealed that some
students have abandoned
their rooms to sleep in
reading rooms due to the
presence of bed bugs in their
rooms and on their bunks.
A freshman who spoke
under anonymity said
“I have taken my bed to
another place, the bedbugs
are rampant in my room.”
Reacting, the Vice
Chancellor of the
University, Prof. Anthony
Elujoba, however, said
his administration is
doing much to see to
the welfare of Students.
He also alleged that students
stalled fumigation of hostels.
“When we asked them to
leave the halls they did not
and there was little we could
have done in that case, hostels
like Angola, Mozambique
were fumigated,” he said

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