INSIDE UDUS:  Students Plead Management To Open Lecture Halls, Release Lectures Timetable

By Abdulrasheed Akere

Abdulrahman Rahmat is a 300-level student of History and International Studies at Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, who narrated her bitter experience in Sokoto state as she stayed during the end of the 2020/2021 session holiday, thinking that lectures would commence as scheduled during the academic calendar for the merged 2022/2023 session.

“’I regret not travelling to my hometown for the holiday, I thought lectures would commence on time but the reverse is the case,” she lamented.

According to the approved academic calendar for the 2022/2023 session, lectures were scheduled to begin on Monday, April 17, 2023, and end on Saturday, July 22, 2023, which is equivalent to 14 weeks.

Despite being in the fourth week of resumption and second week of lectures, many classrooms are yet to be opened and just a few Faculties have released their lectures timetables. The few faculties that have released lecture timetables have not also started lectures properly.

Rahmat’s hometown is Ilorin, the capital of Kwara state (one of North Central states). She confessed that she always enjoys holidays at home but the previous holiday was tough for her in Sokoto, especially during the just-concluded Ramadan fasting.

Ramat and many other students at Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto (UDUS) have pleaded with the school management to open the university lecture halls and that every department should release their lecture timetables.

“The management should please open classrooms, all departments should also release lecture timetables and ensure immediate commencement of lectures,” Ramat pleaded.

More UDUS Students Bemoan, Plead Management

While speaking with EDUTORIAL, Akande Taoheed, a 300-level student of Education Biology, pleaded to the management to open the classes so as to aid students’ studies. He said that everything looked like the school just designed the overstretched calendar and not following it, by not opening classes or starting lectures as scheduled in the calendar.

“If they open the classrooms, it will motivate lecturers to attend lectures because they will know that students will be waiting for them in class,” he added.

Another Education student, Kolade Samuel, expressed displeasure over the locked classrooms, he said that he didn’t know why they haven’t opened the lecture halls, and questioned what thieves would steal from the classes if opened.

“They are wasting our time by delaying the commencement of lecture or are they waiting for new students to finish confirmation screening?” he asked rhetorically.

He then urged every department to release lecture timetables with the hope that it will tempt the school management to open the locked classrooms.

In her own lamentations, Ahmad Fatimah, a 400-level student from the Department of Biological Sciences bemoaned the delay in opening of lecture halls and commencement of lectures.

“It seems that we haven’t resumed since they didn’t open classes for us. Even if we want to read, there’s no class to read, this is not encouraging at all,” she lamented.

Fatimah added that her department was supposed to have released a timetable but she didn’t know what was wrong somewhere.

“We all know some students will not resume back to school until they hear that lectures have commenced, so if the lectures do not start on time, it will promote students’ laziness and unseriousness,” she added.

Ajadi Habeeb, a 200-level Geography student, also urged the school management to open classes and release lecture timetables.

He said: “If lectures start at the right time, it will give students enough time to study well and excel in their examination. Whereas, some students are slow learners that need to start studying as early as possible.”

SU-CTC Chairman Reacts

The Chairman of the Students’ Union Caretaker Committee, Shamsudeen Umar Muhammad, a 500-level student from the Faculty of Law reacted to the complaint of students and assured the opening of the locked classrooms.

“Some Faculties including mine have released lecture timetables. As from next week, other faculties will do the same and classes will be opened for lectures,” he assured.

“Classrooms will be opened on Tuesday” —Dean Students Affairs

When contacted, the University’s Dean of Students Affairs, Prof. Umar Aliyu explained that he has directed those in charge to start cleaning the classrooms since last Thursday.

“I don’t know why they haven’t started cleaning the classrooms but I will reach out to them,” he said.

He added that classrooms will be opened next week.

“There’s a public holiday on Monday, so classes will be opened on Tuesday, May 02, 2023,” he assured.

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