It would not be out of place to say that the Polytechnic Ibadan is one of the oldest and foremost polytechnics (academically) in the country today. However, like a rose that have begun to lose its fragrance, the institution is gradually becoming a shadow of itself in so far as its environmental health is concerned.
As the saying goes – “you can never cheat nature”. It really does not matter whether you are the General Manager or the Gate Man, a teacher or a lawyer, a politician or the common man on the street; when the “E” (excretion) in the popular MR NIGER D comes knocking…YOU MUST OBEY!
God help you if there are no toilet facilities around you to facilitate your “business”, the bushes around the corners will definitely provide a way of escape for you.
Lately, there has been an alarming increase in the number of students taking to defecating in bushes due to the dearth in the number of healthy public toilet in the school premises. Are there toilets in the hostels? Yes, there are, but there no toilets in the academic premises that are accessible to the populace.
Students make use of the bushes around them to do their business; this poses a great threat to them and is detrimental to their health.
Some very cunny students have devised ways to avoid the “bush” method by pretending to be bank customers and eventually using the toilet facilities. However, the question now is – how long can this continue? For how long are we going to put the health of our students at risk? How long are we going to continue to endanger the lives of our students?
Students (especially girls) are very susceptible to venereal and skin infections due to unhealthy exposure during excretion in bushes and unkempt toilet facilities.
This is a clarion call to the management of the Polytechnic Ibadan to begin to place a premium on the health of its students. It is high time they started the process of initiating and creating proper sanitary facilities within the school premises.
If these acts of defecating in bushes are allowed to continue, it would definitely lead to an outbreak of diseases like cholera etc.