The provost, College of Medicine, University of Lagos (CMUL), Professor Afolabi Lesi, has revealed that frequent gas leakage and high cost of perostable power as key factors responsible for the recent instability of power supply in the college.
The provost’s statement is coming on the heels of recent power outage that rocked the college in recent weeks, resulting in major discomfort to the students.
Professor Lesi made this observation during a Town Hall Meeting held at the college’s New Hall in late October.
The college spends an estimated N1.9 million per month and an estimated N25 million per annum, he said.
He further revealed that the college’s Independent Power Plant generates and consumes about 36, 500 kilowatt of power per annum.
According to him, N11, 000 is the cost per head for proving stable power supply to the 2, 100 registered students in various halls of residence.
This cost, he said, could not be borne by the college management alone.
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Meanwhile, the provost also assured students that a mini fire station would soon be built in the college.
The Professor of Pediatrics added that fire drills exercises would be carried out among the students in order to equip them with the right knowledge on what to do during fire outbreak emergencies.
Lesi commended the student body, College of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences Students’ Association (COMPASSA), and the entire student population for their efforts during the fire incident which led to the razing of a number of rooms in the female hostel, OPH.
He reiterated that renovations were being carried out in the hostels—in toilets, bathrooms, laundries, clothing lines, garden chairs, and tables, among others.
He encouraged students to be maintenance conscious and careful with electronics especially as they relate to fire risks.
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Speaking during the meeting, COMPASSA President, Agbaje Ayobami questioned why students should repair damaged parts of the hostels from their personal money.
Lesi, in his reply, said the hostel fees paid by the students were not enough to cover for all repairs, although he added that the college management was already carrying repairs in the hostels.
Also during the meeting, Student Public Relations Officer (PRO), Udeh Harrison, asked about the fate of Nursing and Radiography students with regards to their accreditation.
Referring to Nursing department, Lesi clarified that understaffing was a major reason for the retraction of the accreditation. He noted the college was already employing more staff.
He further explained that plans were underway for the accreditation of Radiography students.
He added that Dentistry students were facing a similar state and their accreditation was in view.
During the meeting, a student from the Faculty of Pharmacy, Ayobammy, decried the deplorable state of the entrance gate of the Lagos State University Hospital (LUTH).
He noted that the entrance was always flooded with water, even when there was just a minor rainfall.
Replying him, Lesi promised to bring government attention and intervention to the site.
Meanwhile students during the meeting condemned the ill timing of hostel movement and subsequent ejecting of students, especially final years students, who were said to still be carrying out academic activities.
The provost opposed adding that no final year students would ejected until after their inductions after which he said they were expected to vacate the hostel premises.
The meeting, which was also attended by the deputy provost, acting college secretary and other managerial staff, witnessed little attendance as seven out of nine departments in the college were done with the academic session.