HOW THE TRANSPORTATION CHALLENGES HAS BEEN A MAJOR EFFECT ON THE STUDENTS OF UNILORIN
BY: ISHOWO , Ayomide Malik
It’s not longer news that the University of llorin student’s have to queue before coming in and getting out of school, in which is regarded as a major challenge the students in the institution are facing at the moment.
However, we all understand that the management have been trying their best, even though their best is not the best to restrain the stress of the student. But to no satisfactory. Moreover, the Students’ Union also under the leadership of the President “Faaji” (FTB) had also been trying it’s best to make some necessary consultations and work in hand with the school management to reduce the issue among the students. But unfortunately, the transportation is becoming worse as the number of students in the institution kept on increasing every year. May Almighty God intervene.
I have been in the institution since 2021, and since my begining and my inception to the institution I have evidently been witnessing the repugnant situation, most especially from the school “Main Park” down to the “Motion Ground” Area. It’s however even very unfortunate that those that are not even going to “Tanke Oke-Odo” way are even witnessing this stressful state and condition, in which is regarded as an horrible state. Obviously let me say about 70% or 75% percentage of those that remain stagnant on the enraging queue are residing in Tanke, Oke Odo area, so why still now affecting those that are going to “Post-Office ” And “Taiwo” route that didnt suppose to be affected since the major population of the students is not based on those areas and besides they are not going to the same destination?
Though, the School General hostel have now been made available to those who desire to live in it. But still the population of those staying outside campus is still greater and it surpasses those living on campus. I was extremely appalled when I heard from a female friend that all school private hostels including Kikelomo Runsewe, Zapel, Arafims and Pyramid that has quite a number of rooms and spacious environments,structures and buildings have also all been occupied by students. I was horrified when I heard this for the first time. Infact I can boldly say this should be the first time such thing would happen on campus as it has never happened before.
During my 100l days in Unilorin, I also lived in a Private hostel(Multipurpose Cooperative Hostel) along the Student’s Union Building way, but didn’t enjoy my stay in the environment, so I decided to change the hostel environment to a place where I will enjoy myself mentally, spiritually and even emotionally. They were certain period of times when I come from home on a daily basis, even up till now occasionally I do come all the way from home and I also face the transportation challenge from Airport till I get into School which is regarded as an horrible experience. I majorly enter the “Shuttle” Bus Otherwise known as Korope by the Unilorin Students thats going directly from Post Office, so they are always two sets of vehicles I will enter before getting to the campus, but the experience was a very bad one indeed. But I had no choice.
My candid advice to the school management and the student’s union at large is for them to strive to atleast make the creation of another school park within the campus. As it might reduce the crisis of transportation within the students and outsiders.
Then to those who have bicycles and cars among the students should use it to aid the stress of their colleagues by taking them a lift to atleast reduce the challenges they will encounter before getting to their various destinations.
However, I have been to several Private hostels on campus, be it the female hostels and even the male hostels, I can evidently see how it is, and it is not longer a new edifice on campus to majority of the students. This is obviously because they are hostels you must apparently know on campus. Even if you are new on campus you will certainly still know Arafims 1,even if all you don’t know other hostels on campus. However the creation of those private hostels as relatively reduced the burden of stress on some students regarding the transportation challenges in the institution.
By: ISHOWO, Malik A.
Ishowo is a student, learner, political and media enthusiast based in Ilorin, Kwara State.