By Abdulafeez Olaitan, UNILAG
Following various episodes of power interruptions in the University of Lagos Hostels, the management of the University has called the attention of students to a power shedding arrangement.
This arrangement would see that hostels are supplied with electricity for a period of time, the Dean of Students Affairs, Prof. Ademola Adeleke said in an announcement.
“The revised electricity tariffs as approved by the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has put an electricity cost burden on the University that is overwhelming and unsustainable. The University electricity bill increased by 50% in the first quarter to an average of N80 million per month. And by April when students returned to residence, it increased to N181million, an increase of about 120%. This is self-evidently unsustainable, necessitating the institution of painful measures to keep the University operational.”
Due to these reasons, the management has instituted a power shedding arrangement in the hostels as follows:
Monday to Friday — 8am to 7pm.
Saturday and Sunday — 10am to 6pm.
The DSA further confirmed that during the power shedding period in the hostels, there will be power and WiFi in the Faculties and Libraries. Hence, he urged students and hostel residents to bear with the University management while also thanking them for understanding.