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Poor power supply affecting our studies, Ogun students lament



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Some students of different tertiary institutions in Ogun State have lamented the poor power supply in their various host communities, saying it disrupts their studies.

These students from Tai Solarin University of Education in Ijebu-Ode; Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye campus; Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta; Sikiru Adetona College of Education, formerly TASCE, Omu-Ajose; Gateway Polytechnic in Saapade; and Abraham Adesanya Polytechnic in Ijebu-Igbo, told our correspondent in separate interviews on Tuesday that the unstable electricity has negative impacts on their academics.

A student, Boluwatife Obaowo, berated the poor services of the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company in the Ijebu-Igbo area, lamenting that he and his colleagues endure hours of studying as he highlights how he and his colleagues survive to study in the blackout.

“We patronise charging centres; charging phones is N100, while power bank is N200. Sometimes, we go to the indigenes’ houses to charge because some of them use generators. The time that we are supposed to use to study, we spend it on charging.

“During the dry season, there is always heat. How do you expect people to be comfortable reading in the heat? You have to come outside, and it is dangerous, especially for people living in hostels that are not fenced.

“Some fresh students here in AAP make use of solar-powered streetlights to read. We do not have light here at all in this area, Oke Ife, but our school switches on the generator, so students bring their mobile gadgets along with them to school to charge because most people prefer reading on their phones.

“Power bank is everyone’s alternative here; it is our saviour,” he said.

Another student, Solagbade Yusuf, said electricity has not been stable in the Ijagun area of Ijebu-Ode, so, students opt for other artificial sources of light for reading in their various hostels.

“We have different communities here; we have Abapawa, Imaweje, Ijele, Ijagun, and Ogbo. In places like Abapawa and Imaweje, they have not had light for the past four months now; in Ijele, they have light once in a while. It is not only affecting me; it affects the management as well because they spend a lot on powering the school.

“Some students use torchlights and candles, even though it has been advised that it is wrong to use them to read. These are the things that need to be considered because of their impact on our health.

“We urge IBEDC to come and intervene; we need constant electricity in Ijagun.

Just yesterday, a fresh student was telling me that since he resumed, he has not set his eyes on light in his hostel,” Yusuf lamented.

Okunola Mary, a final-year student, who lamented the erratic supply of electricity, said she has been finding it difficult to cope with the situation despite living in a school hostel, assumed to be comfortable for students.

“We do not use to have light in the school hostel; sometimes they cancel practicals in my department because of the light. They only switch on the generator for two hours at night.

“We have like five or six hostels; the former generator got damaged, so I think they got another one. So, they switch it on for one hour and thirty minutes. That is how we have been managing ourselves.

“We have started tests, and it got to a time that my torchlight got spoilt, and my battery was flat; I had to get a candle to read because I cannot afford to fail.

“We are six in a room; when I started using the candle to read, one of my roommates complained that I should stop using it because the smoke was always affecting her. The candlelight is not as bright as that for me to read, but I do not have a choice because I do not want to fail. IBEDC is just adding salt to one’s injury,” she said.

When contacted, the IBEDC spokesperson, Busolami Tunwase, noted that the DisCo is currently facing supply issues as a result of the low allocation it is receiving from the national grid.

She also blamed the poor power supply on vandalism in areas they are covering.

Tunwase said, “The tertiary institutions’ areas are not peculiar from the Nigerian communities; if there are no supplies across, there are no supplies. It is an issue of allocation and vandalism; it applies to every area we are covering.

“Some of the solutions IBEDC is coming up with right now, on the issue of vandalism, we will set up a transformer repair workshop to make sure that such are rectified on time.

“We are working with some independent power producers to take care of some areas where we are having challenges, in terms of communities that are underserved.

“From the remit of our control, the stakeholders in the power sector are working together to make sure these challenges are resolved on time.

“On the issue of vandalism, we are strengthening our security, and I am calling on communities to please join hands with us to make sure these vandals are apprehended.”

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