Corps members serving with the UNN housed in rodent-infested hostels

More than eighteen members of the corps currently serving at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, are quartered in the abandoned and dilapidated Zik’s Flats, THE WHISTLER discovered on Saturday.

Zik’s Flats, located close to the Nsukka Haven of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Nigeria’s first president, was once a hive of activity until abandoned by university authorities for inexplicable reasons.

Zik’s Flats consists of twenty independent two-story buildings with eighteen rooms each. A tour of the buildings revealed that the once bubbling inns had become overrun with weeds and rodents. Some of the hostel premises have been converted to agricultural land.

The only useful building is block A5, where certain members of the corps serving in the establishment are quartered.

Dilap quarters

THE WHISTLER observed that the roof of the block is leaking, forcing the occupants of the second floor to count their losses after the rains.

A member of the corps, who begged not to be mentioned, said: “This is where we are being held. We are even lucky because some of us did not succeed.

“Members of the Corps have stayed here successively for over a decade. We carry out the fumigation of the premises ourselves. A set in front of us was highly threatened by rodents, including snakes.

A female body told our correspondent that “window shutters are broken. We use cardboard and waterproofing to cover them.

Another said: “Another problem is mosquitoes. They bite en masse. We appreciate the water supply downstairs though. We also have power supply. A security man is also posted there, mainly at night.

“We like to stay here despite the shortcomings. We live as one family. I was scared at first, but I got used to it. Snakes, scorpions and mosquitoes tormented us a lot, but we started cleaning up the weeds around us.

“We implore the authorities to make it more habitable here. We don’t feel abandoned, but here it could be improved.

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