The monopoly of UNILAG Water and the scarcity thereof


First, it was the dollar increase, next it was power outage, now power has been fixed, dollar reduced and sachet water from UNILAG Ventures has failed to obey the law of gravity.

UNILAG Ventures, the producers and distributors of UNILAG water has flagrantly challenged our obedience to the inflated price regime, dared our silence and furthermore has begun a hoarding attitude of the sachet water. Surfing through the UNILAG Ventures website, it reads “since inception to date, UNILAG water has leverage on the opportunities that abound within the university and its environs to satisfy the needs of its customers through the production and sale of quality water. The distribution channels are well developed to ensure supply to end users/retailers as well as wholesale distributors”.

In lieu of the above, it is right to say that UNILAG ventures has been successful in leveraging on the opportunities that abound within the University. However, they have refused to satisfy the needs of their immediate customers in respect to the production and sale of quality water, especially the sachet water which retailers have always complained about the inferior nylon quality that is subject to leakage. UNILAG Ventures have also failed in respect to its distribution channel and production output which has invariably resulted to a routine state of scarcity of sachet water on campus hence leaving a helpless student with no choice than to result to taking tap water while some are forced to take bottle water out of their limited resources at the expense of pressing needs.

The Press Club, UNILAG have received much complaints from voiceless students who groan in silence, while the UNILAG Ventures accrue more profit leveraging on the erstwhile increase in dollar which has thus deflated.

This reveals some unanswered questions

  1. Is the table water immune to the “dollar increase?”
  2. Do students need to be at the tail end of the UNILAG Ventures’ inability to meet up with target production output that will be enough for her customers while enjoying monopoly of service in the university community?
  3. In spite of the “dollar increase” some institution sell at the rate of N5, does this imply that while those institution are being student-welfare conscious, our own UNILAG Ventures is only being profit oriented?
  4. What explanations will UNILAG ventures give on reasons why even when outside the shores of the university, the price of sachet water have reduced, UNILAG Ventures has refused to do likewise?

The above questions and many more are unanswered questions bothering the mind of an average Akokite. Just this morning, different broadcast messages have been going around on different platform on the price and scarcity of sachet water on campus, this alone gives a signal of what could be the outcome of this issue if necessary actions are not taken as soon as possible.

The Press Club, UNILAG hereby call on the management to find a lasting solution to this pertinent issue at hand and also implore all Akokites to remain calm and continue to live up to our known civilized character.

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