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By: Adedokun Seyi

At the University of Ibadan, those occupying the Staff quarters illegally have been ordered to vacate the buildings to avoid embarrassment because of a drastic decision that would be taken to ensure sanity.

Prof. Musiliu Onilude, SSHC Chairman, lamented in an interview that the university’s quarters is being occupied by many retirees whose tenancies have expired at the expense of some other staff members who desperately need to stay on campus to perform optimally.

Prof. Onilude said “we want to passionately appeal to these people who have retired from the services of the university but refused to vacate the staff quarters to please leave before it becomes very embarrassing for them.

We have been writing to them, begging them and urging them to vacate the quarters, yet, they are not budged. We don’t like embarrassing people, but it is like these people want us to embarrass them before they leave.”

There were over four hundred applications from various members of staff who desperately need to stay on campus, Onilude said “we don’t have sufficient facilities to take care of these demands, yet, we have people who have retired three or four years ago still occupying the university quarters. To me, this is sheer wickedness and an abuse of privileges”

According to him, “we also have people who have built their own houses in town but are deliberately holding on to the university property on campus simply because the cost is relatively cheaper. They are not occupying those buildings, they only come here once in a while. Again, this bothers on wickedness and lack of consideration for others”.

Professor Onilude lamented that there are staff members who are coming to work from faraway places. There are those sleeping in their offices in order to perform their duties effectively. All these people need accommodation on campus. And, you now have people who are just holding on to these properties as a status symbol. This is not good. We need to be considerate of others.

He said in his words “UI today has 24 Duplexes, 166 Bungalow, 146 Blocks of Flats of 3-Bedrooms, 162 Blocks of Flats of 2-Bedrooms, and 40 Blocks of 1-Bedroom flats and 22 Chalets. These quarters are presently fully occupied by 560 families. Yet, we still have over 400 requests for accommodation.”

With the present luck facing the accommodation issue, the Chairman has pleaded that those occupying the building who are supposed to have vacated should leave the building.

He said, “It is against this backdrop that we are appealing to those occupying our structures illegally to please leave before we take drastic measures against them”, he pleaded.

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