The University of Ibadan Senior Staff Housing Committee (SSHC) has urged those occupying Staff quarters illegally to vacate the buildings before it becomes embarrassing as some drastic measures are in the pipeline to ensure sanity.
The SSHC Chairman, Prof. Musiliu Onilude in an interview lamented that many retirees whose tenancies have expired were still occupying the university’s quarters at the expense of some other staff members who desperately need to stay on campus in order to perform optimally.
“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”, Prof. Onilude said.
The SSHC boss hinted that there were over 400 applications from various members of staff who desperately need to stay on campus, adding, “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 Prof. Onilude, “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 there once in a while. Again, this bothers on wickedness and lack of consideration for others”.
He stressed, “there are staff members who are coming to work from far-away 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 property as a status symbol. This is not good. We need to be considerate of others”, Prof Onilude lamented.
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 “.
“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.