On The Mismanagement Of School Resources

On the 19th of September. 2023, An electrical mishap occurred in Queen Idia Hall, University of Ibadan. Thankfully, the accident narrowly avoided becoming a full-blown fire. A lightbox in one of the rooms started emanating sparks, which persisted for about 3 hours.

Concerned for their safety, one of the residents of the room reported the issue to a porter, and according to the news report by the Queen Idia Hall Press, the porter took no action from 7 p.m. that the event was reported till 2 a.m. when the porter, in a bid to solve the problem temporarily, disconnected the light-bulb effectively plunging the entire floor into darkness. And even worse, it would take days before electricians could address the issue.

Beyond the Electrical Mishap: A Look at the State of the facilities

The electrical incident in Queen Idia Hall is just one of the many issues students confront in the University of Ibadan’s residence halls. The halls are frequently packed and in poor condition. This situation can result in a variety of issues, including:

Unsanitary Conditions

Pests such as cockroaches, mosquitoes, and rats are common in the hallways. This has the potential to spread diseases. Although, the university conducts regular fumigation at the end of every session. However, more is needed, as the dirty nature of the hall and common areas persistently attracts these pests.

The presence of these filthy conditions endangers the health of both students and faculty. Cockroaches, for example, can transmit infections in their feces and on their bodies, possibly contaminating food and surfaces on university grounds. Mosquitoes are disease vectors, such as dengue and malaria, and their presence in corridors enhances the likelihood of disease transmission. Rats, with their penchant for nibbling on a variety of materials, can also cause damage to university property and pose extra health risks.

While the university’s efforts in conducting regular fumigation are commendable, addressing the root causes of these unsanitary conditions remains vital.

Basic Amenities

Some of the halls need proper water and energy supply. Students may find it challenging to live comfortably and study efficiently as a result of this.

For example, out of the seven tanks supposed to supply water, the c-block portion of the Independence Hall. Only two are functioning, with only one tap available for water access to a block containing almost 200 residents.

This dire situation can only cause hygiene problems. As long queues and restricted access to water, especially during peak hours. It can only lead to unsanitary conditions.

Faulty Infrastructure

The status of infrastructure within the university’s resident halls is becoming a significant source of concern, and it extends beyond electrical catastrophes. In certain rooms, the situation is considerably worse—ceiling structures are missing or damaged, and wiring is poor, resulting in an electricity shortage.

Sometimes, students would have to take matters into their own hands, paying electricians to fix the light problems in their rooms. Furthermore, there have been reports of entire blocks’ electrical wiring failing, putting inhabitants in the dark for days or weeks jeopardizing their safety and overall quality of life.

These infrastructural problems are not isolated but rather part of a broader issue requiring immediate response. Here are a few of the significant challenges:

1. Ceiling Damage: Rooms with missing or broken ceilings not only look bad, but they can also expose people to threats such as falling debris or potential water leaks.

2. Faulty wiring: This not only affects power delivery but also creates substantial safety threats, such as electrical fires or electrocution.

3. Long-Term Power Outages: Power outages caused by block-wide electrical issues can interrupt daily routines and impair the ability to study.

Aside from these infrastructure concerns, there is the immediate issue of the state of the restrooms, notably the water closets and bath stalls. These issues are more than just annoyances; they also represent serious health hazards and impact the overall living conditions in the halls. Some of the concerns are as follows:

1. Water closets and bath stalls that are frequently clogged generate filthy circumstances and can lead to unsanitary sewage backups, which pose health dangers.

2. Problems with Odor: The continuous odor from these poorly kept facilities is unpleasant and can also severely impact the well-being of neighboring inhabitants, interfering with their ability to study and live comfortably.

3. Health Risks: Unsanitary restrooms can spread diseases and infections among inhabitants, posing a public health risk within the halls.

The Role of the Management

The fact that a potential fire hazard was not dealt with promptly is a severe issue. But, that could be owed to the bureaucracy involved in dealing with issues such as these. Usually, complaints like these would pass through so many offices for approval that it makes it difficult for something to be done swiftly.

Bureaucracy can undoubtedly contribute to the slow response to maintenance concerns. When numerous agencies must approve complaints, it can take days or even weeks for anything to be done. This is a severe issue, particularly when it comes to safety concerns.

Furthermore, the school facilities’ fault could be attributed to the contractors hired to build them. A glaring example of this is the Umar Ganduje lecture hall, which was commissioned just last year. Numerous issues have surfaced with this relatively new building, especially its roofing. The roofing sheets, a critical structural component, are already loose and compromised. This deficiency becomes painfully evident when it rains, as the inside of the building becomes flooded. These issues can be attributed to several reasons, some of which include;

Lack of Funding

Inadequate maintenance and facility enhancement funding can lead to neglect and degradation of school infrastructure. When management prioritizes other areas over facility care, it can result in a rundown atmosphere that substantially negatively influences the entire school community. However, it is essential to note that the university administration faces various obstacles in maintaining the halls. The university needs to be more funded, making it challenging to keep up with the halls’ maintenance demands.

The Role of the Students

Students may accidentally contribute to the mishandling of school property, but it is critical to recognize that their acts are often not malevolent or intentional. Here are some ways students might contribute to school property mismanagement;


Some residents may engage in acts of destruction within the school premises, leading to many problems affecting the overall school environment. These acts of vandalism can vary in scale and impact, but all contribute to a disruptive and potentially hazardous atmosphere within the school community. Some common examples include writing graffiti on walls, desks, or other school property. It could even be something as simple as consistently dropping soap wrappers in the bath stalls after bathing, effectively blocking the drainage plumbing, blocking the water closets with toilet paper and refusing to flush them afterward, or even urinating in the wrong place.

Unauthorized Use

In some cases, students utilize school facilities without permission, which can cause various concerns affecting the school environment’s functionality and safety. Among these actions are:

1. Electrical Misuse: Students may abuse electrical outputs by overloading them with several electrical gadgets or tampering with them without adequate expertise. This conduct creates a fire and electrical risk and can result in expensive repairs and power disruptions.

2. DIY Repairs: attempts to repair broken facilities without the appropriate skills, such as repairing electrical outlets or plumbing difficulties. These do-it-yourself efforts can exacerbate the situation, pose safety risks, and increase repair costs.

3. Minor Repairs: Students frequently ignore minor maintenance work, such as nailing a falling shelf back to the wall or tightening a loose bolt on a door. These modest faults can become more serious, making fixes more complex and costly.

4. Wear and Tear: Facilities may deteriorate owing to excessive wear and tear, especially if we fail to report or resolve issues as soon as they arise. This may result in higher maintenance and replacement costs.

Possible Solutions

The school can do various things to reduce bureaucracy and enhance reaction time to maintenance issues. One possibility is to establish a single point of contact for maintenance requests. This would simplify the procedure and make it simpler for students to report problems. Another option is to give the residence halls more authority over upkeep issues. Due to this, they would be able to respond to situations more swiftly and efficiently.

The university can also collaborate with students to develop solutions to the slow action. Students, for example, might be included in checking resident halls for safety issues. They might also be asked to help prioritize maintenance requests. The porters could also be empowered to make decisions about maintenance issues without approval from higher-level management and be held accountable for promptly and efficiently responding to maintenance requests. However, a committee already exists that does this: the estate committee. But, their inactivity is a factor in this mismanagement of the school facilities and resources. After being assigned a room at Independence Hall, the first step is to fill out a room condition form. This form could be an essential tool for residents and management to analyze and handle the State of each room effectively.

You must fill out this room condition form with information on the present room state. This information typically comprises the amount of louvers, the shape of the windows, the functionality of electrical outlets, and whether or not the door locks properly. This documentation is critical since it should allow management to keep track of any room maintenance or repair needs.

However, it is vital to note that completing the form is only the first step in the resource management process. The information collected on these forms could be used for a variety of purposes, including:

  • Maintenance and Repairs: The information you submit on the room’s condition form assists the maintenance crew in identifying problem areas. It allows them to prioritize repairs and handle any concerns immediately.


  • Resource Allocation: The obtained data supports management inefficiently allocating resources. If multiple rooms report problems with door locks or electrical plugs, it indicates that these things require more extensive maintenance or replacement.


  • Safety and Security: Ensuring that doors lock correctly and windows are secure is critical for the residents’ safety and security. Addressing these concerns as soon as possible is a top priority. When distributing rooms to new residents, management may consider the condition of available spaces. This data assists in making educated decisions about room assignments.


  • Budgeting: The information gathered through these forms can also help with budgeting for maintenance and repairs. It enables management to forecast costs and allocate cash accordingly.

By implementing these solutions and fostering a sense of responsibility among students and staff, the University of Ibadan can improve the state of its residence halls and provide a safer and more conducive learning environment for its students.

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