Following the elimination of fuel subsidies by the Federal Government, the administration of the University of Ilorin in Kwara State has once more offered palliatives to the institution’s students and personnel.
Abuja Buzz reports that the university set up a highly subsidised transport system in June this year, putting two buses on the road for a charge of N100 each drop.
Following this, Unilorin sent out more opulent buses to staff, and students to the main campus.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the institution’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Kunle Akogun, said the palliative measure, which is in addition to earlier ones, was announced by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Wahab Olasupo Egbewole, SAN, at the end of the 296th Meeting of the institution’s Senate on Tuesday.
He explained that the latest action was part of the efforts to cushion the harsh effects of the high cost of transportation as a result of fuel subsidy removal by President Bola Tinubu.
Egbewole, who expressed management’s deep concern over the adverse effect of the exorbitant transportation cost on members of the University community, said that the deployment of the buses was in furtherance to the earlier provision of highly subsidized transportation in which two buses were put on the road in June for a fare of N100 per drop.
The Vice-Chancellor pointed out that the University management, being aware that the cost of transportation was biting harder, decided to deploy an additional bus to the route and make the three buses free for students and staff.
The three buses, according to him, would be stationed at the University Bus Terminus at Tipper Garage, Tanke, between 6:30 am and 7:00 am daily, and they would leave for the campus by 7:15 am.
Similarly, for the homeward journey at the close of work/classes, the buses would depart the Fountain Roundabout, near the Senate Building, at 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm every day.
The Vice-Chancellor also explained that the University management had intensified negotiations with the State government and private commuter bus operators on how they could assist the University in alleviating the transportation hardship facing members of staff and students.
While noting that the negotiation with the State government had resulted in the release of three buses to the University’s route, he said the private commuter bus operators plying the University route had pledged not to charge outlandish fares.
Also, to facilitate the seamless prosecution of the virtual lectures initiative already put in place, Egbewole disclosed that the University management would provide free data for all academic staff.