The interim Transport Committee Chairman of the University of Ilorin Students’ Union Senate Council, Senator Comson Abdullah, has cautioned students and SU officials to stop queue-jumping, otherwise known by students as ‘shunting’, and cooperate with the volunteers assigned to maintain orderliness at the park.
While stating this during an interview held at the mini-park last Tuesday, the Faculty of Life Sciences representative explained to UCJ-Unilorin that the committee led by him is working round the clock to ensure that the issue of long queue at the park come to a full stop.
“We are working on reducing the issue of queuing for long. Though it’s impossible not to have queues in this institution with a population of over 44,000 students, but we are trying the best of our ability to reduce the queue,” he said.
Senator Comson, however, complained that the volunteers are faced with the issues of coordinating aggressive students and also getting the bus drivers to cooperate with them.
Meanwhile, Students from different faculties at the University of Ilorin, who spoke with UCJ, also shared their views and experiences on ‘shunting’.
Leo Balogun, who asserted that queue-jumping can sometimes influence students’ performances, narrated how he had to carry a course over in his first year because he was delayed on the queue.
“I got to the CBT centre before 6:30 that morning hoping it would be first come–first serve. I was however wrong because the story changed when students who arrived late started ‘shunting’ and pushed those who were already on the queue.” Balogun recounted.
Balogun explained further that many students got injured that day and they could not even write their examination well when they entered the hall.
Another respondent, Feranmi Adeniran, a student of the Faculty of Agriculture stated that he has jumped the queue several times at the park due to rushing at bus stop. Adeniran said he is always ‘indifferent when he falls victim to ‘shunting’’.
Amos Simisola, a student of the Department of Physiotherapy relayed that situation sometimes warranted her to ‘shunt’, which is mostly caused by rushing, even though she had intended not to jump the queue. She, however, added that she feels offended each time others bypass her and jump the queue.
She said, “I feel somewhat offended anytime someone bypasses me and shunts especially if I’ve been there for a while.”
On her part, Oluwatoyin Ajao from the Faculty of Arts revealed that she detest jumping the queue and has never done it.
Ajao said, “I don’t like shunting, so I made it a point of duty with my friends to never shunt and not to allow people to shunt. And I don’t feel good whenever someone bypasses me.”
Ajao, who was at first pessimistic on the issue of shunting being totally a thing of the past, later stated that it could be remedied if people can personally learn to take responsibility.
The interviewed students suggested that more buses should be made available to reduce the queue at the park and the school-owned buses should also be made readily available.