OAU To Re-introduce Students’ Unionism

The authority of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State has completed plans to lift ban on students’ unionism on the campus, OSUN DEFENDER investigation has revealed. It was learnt that the institution has put in place a committee saddled with the responsibility of conducting a credible election into various offices of the students’ union,…”
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August 20, 2008 5:04 pm
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The authority of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State has completed plans to lift ban on students’ unionism on the campus, OSUN DEFENDER investigation has revealed.

It was learnt that the institution has put in place a committee saddled with the responsibility of conducting a credible election into various offices of the students’ union, which is headed by a 300-level clinical student, Mr Gbenga Awosusi.

It was also gathered that the university authority has given a nod to the budget of N117.000 demanded by the electoral committee for the conduct of the election.

Some of the students who spoke to OSUN DEFENDER on the campus expressed dismay at the 2.5 Cumulative Gross Point Aggregate CGPA required by the institution as one of the criteria that should be met by those who are vying for any post in the students’ unionism.

According to some of them who expressed worry at the management’s criterion for the contestants into the various offices of the students’ unionism contended that, the institution’s demand is to scare genuine students who were interested in the students’ affairs of the institution.

Others were pessimistic about the genuine intention of the vice chancellor of the institution, Professor Michael Faborode to put up a vibrant student’s government, but rather to impose student leaders of his choice on the students.

Speaking on the de-proscription of the students’ unionism in the institution, a suspended student leader, Mr Akinola Saburi explained that he was not against the institution’s intention to return the students unionism back to the campus, only that it must not be a puppet government in the hands of the institution’s authority.

He lamented that since the proscription of the students’ unionism government in the institution, students’ welfare had being neglected and they have no means of expressing their feelings as the university had used state instrument of oppression called “security operatives” on the campus to coerce the students.

He therefore called on the students to resist the attempt of the authority to impose a puppet students’ government that will only serve the bidding of the institution’s authority against the well-being and welfare of the entire students of the hospital.

By Sola Jacobs

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