It all begins with the clatter of metal buckets every morning as we – students struggle to get enough water to have our bathe and get us to school for 8am class. At least we have to go early so we won’t get stuck sitting at the back and not hearing what the lecturer has to say. Even sitting at the back used to be fun till electricity started talking about how bad the country is and also going depressed.
For over two days, electricity on campus has not been stable with students pouring out their anger to God for making it rain. For a fact, we all know rain and electricity in this country are enemies and the same thing applies to the University of Ilorin. The problem of electricity has also gone a long way in affecting the supply of water which plays a very important role in human life generally and for students, the most important role because we have to look nice, composed and dress decently as the school has admonished us to. You might wonder how not having water can affect dressing decently and I’d state here that not having a bathe is an excuse for looking shabby. Apart from the option of taking a bathe, water is used for sustaining the human body, psychology and other things related, “a hungry man is an angry man”. We all can go on with our lives and act like we are not affected and we don’t want to put the blame on anyone but deep down we know how hurting it is and how much we want our student leaders to tell us what really is going on. Are they blind to what is really affecting us negatively?
With my understanding of investment, I believe it is spending money, time, or energy on something, especially for some benefit or purpose. Is the Student Union really investing in people – us? Why haven’t they come out to tell us what is happening with electricity and water and what measures they are taking to fix it? As a student of this university, I believe I have a right to know what is going on in the university, especially one that is actively messing up my plan for the days. It really isn’t just about assuming “We all know the rain caused the unstable power supply”, it is about letting us know you all up there are doing something about it. It is about letting us rest assured that everything would be fine and we don’t have to worry about future uncertainties. It is about our security at night.
I believe this is a small step to correcting the glitch of our student leaders and ca them to take actions on serious matters. Ca them to truly invest in us.