New Accommodation policy Reduces Market Sales On OAU Campus.

By Dansabe Kuni, Owolabi Oluwaseun, Ademola Adekanmbi, David Ajayi, Olaniyan Andrew, Oluwatobi Olaiya, Oladele Adeola.


Prior to the the new accommodation policy implemented by the management of Obafemi Awolowo University, several businesses have recorded low patronage since resumption.

A previous report by this news outfit has stated the decongestion of hostels and the prohibition of squatting in halls of residence as results of the new accommodation policy. This has displaced a larger percentage of the students to rented houses off campus.




In an interview with business owners,  OAU KILONSHELE learnt that the
displacement of students formerly staying in the hostels, have drastically affected the patronage they used to enjoy.

A trader, best addressed as Iya Ayo, claimed that the
new accommodation policy has affected her sales negatively.

"Nowadays, I hardly
sell up to a thousand naira daily comparing to previous sales experience." She said.

She buttressed that, the reduction of students in the halls is laudable since it is meant
to give comfort and good living in the hostels but would have been more effective if more hostels are built to
accommodate more students and it wouldn’t have affected businesses as
well.


Also, Mr. Rasaki, a shoe maker , and an aged
Tailor best addressed as Baba Olorunloshe, complained that the reduction in bed spaces has drastically affected their businesses since the
policy had taken away lots of customers from them.

The duo operate their businesses by visiting rooms to get customers in need of their services.

Shop owners as well are not left out as attendants in Honey Bee and Rock Well canteens respectively in Fajuyi and Awolowo halls, told our journalists about the reduction of food sales.

"We don't cook much these days so as not to run in to debts." Honey Bee attendant said.

Meanwhile, a student who stays in Awo Block 5, nicknamed O'king, added that he personally
appreciates the reduction in the occupants of bed spaces on campus.

 "living in Awo hall now
becomes living in a paradise unlike before where getting water every morning was a difficult task."



According to Ronke, an occupant
of Moremi Hostel, she said "The ladies at the buttery are now
very nice to us, this is obviously due to the fact that lately, there has been virtually no sales
compared to the previous years and this is due to the number of the occupants in the hostel
now".


 Another occupant of Moremi Hostel, Ikeoluwa, who sympathised with the business men and women, said;

 "I really pity those women o! They really must have made
lots of profit off the students because Moremi's entrance used to look like a market place over
the years with varieties of things you want to get, but now, it's looks "deserted" as movements
have been restricted."




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