The National Association of Nigeria Students Joint Campus Committee, Osun State axis, and the National Association of Polytechnic Students, had condemned the expulsion of student leaders from the Osun State College of Education (OSSCE), Ilesa.
The associations said that the management of the OSSCE has totally decided to cripple the student union, as they have refused to allow the student union’s election in the school and see the student leaders as partners in nation building.
According to a communiqué issued at the end of the joint meeting of NAPS and NANS/JCC on the ongoing workers strike action and the state of education in the state, signed by NAPS President, Comrade Fawale Oluwole and JCC chairman, Comrade Abosede Oluwasun, condemned the expulsion.
The expelled students were Olayemi Oluwasun, Computer and Physics department, Afolabi Abdulkadir, English department, Oladejo Nurudeen, Agriculture department, Olagunju Oluwaseyi, Management, and Awowole Samuel, among other.
According to the school’s management, the student leaders were expelled after a protest in June on the increment of tuition fees of the University of Ibadan, Ilesha College Study Centre, by the school authority.
The UI students in the college are currently paying N50,000 and above, contrary to the state government’s approved N20,000 for Colleges of Education and N25, 000 for the Polytechnics in the state.
The college management had also refused to allow the elections of the students’ union in the college without any cogent reason, a situation which students’ body considered as an insult and infringement of their rights to freedom of association.
NAPS and NANS JCC therefore demanded for unconditional reinstatement of the victimized student leaders and lifting of ban on student union activities, or face a mass action from the associations.
On the workers’ industrial action in the state, the associations said “we want to appeal to the striking lecturers and other labour unions in the state to embrace dialogue with the state government in the best interest of the state.”
The associations expressed displeasure over the state government’s delay in the implementation of the educational summit report, and thereby called on Governor Rauf Aregbesola to fast-track the implementation of the summit’s report.