IMMINENT crisis may engulf Osun State Polytechnic, Iree, in Boripe Local Government Council Area of the state as some students of the institution have been clamouring for the reinstatement of Students’ Union Government (SUG).
It would be recalled that the institution’s manage-ment had in 2007 proscribed the SUG following an alleged insubordination of a set of students led by the then president, Comrade Mukaila Olanrewaju.
Barely four weeks after their resumption for the second semester academic session, the aggrieved students under the platform of Concerned Students and Joint Action Group (JAG) issued series of leaflets, letters and press releases in agitation for the reinstatement of the SUG.
In a press statement made available to OSUN DEFENDER on Wednesday in Osogbo, the state capital, the student activists called for immediate dissolution of the present care-taker committee that is currently overseeing the responsibility of the SUG.
They also condemned the manner in which some officials of the management of the institution were allegedly exploiting and extorting students of the school during their individual registration processes.
Maintaining that absence of students’ unionism has paved way for what the students described as excesses of the lecturers in the school, the students activists expressed their worry on what they termed the “sorry state of the campus.
According to the aggrieved students, some lecturers of the institution have taken the laws into their various hands and assaulting, threatening and victimising students, who dared their excesses.
Besides, criticism has also trailed the alleged ploy of the institution’s authority to secure forced payment of the “outrageous fees” by demanding for receipts from students of the institution before they could be allowed to sit for their mid- semester examination.
The “No receipt, no exam” ploy of the management of the institution, had late last year, generated ripples on the polytechnic’s campus, when students were sent out of examination halls over fees.
In a related development, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS, zone D) has condemned the attack on the students’ unionism in Osun State-owned tertiary institutions and the hike in their tuition fees.
By ISMAIL USMAN