By Raymond Ekemini
As part of the preparations to welcome to fresh students admitted for the 210/2015 academic session of the University of Calabar, the office of the Students Union Director of Welfare, Comrade Alawa John has fumigated the entire hostels in the institution.
The fumigation exercise came as a result of the recent complaints by the students over the increased number of the bush rats fondly called OKON CALABAR, and giant size cockroaches competing for survival with students in the hostels.
This according to some of the students was making life difficult for them, as rats contaminates their foods on daily bases, while the giant cockroaches puts dirt on their clothes routinely.
Apart from the domestic damages caused by these rodents, it is not medically advisable, according to some medical students who spoke to us, to live with cockroaches in the house, as they are said to be vectors of numerous diseases.
Speaking to CrossRiverWatch, the SUG Director of Welfare, Comrade John Alawa, a final year student in the Department of Medical Laboratory Science, explained the need for the fumigation, saying it is to provide a clean and healthy environment for the students especially the newly admitted students.
He further stated that the fumigation exercise was one of his main target for the students, owing to the fact that he is a medical student.
The SUG President, Comrade Ajang Emmanuel commended the Vice Chancellor of the University for attaining to the plight of the students, especially at this critical time, where we have new intakes into the University.
Meanwhile some of the students who spoke to newsmen applauded the school management and the Director of Welfare for the intervention, while some expressed displeasure over how sudden and prompt the exercise came with it’s attendant offensive odor.
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