College students of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife on Tuesday took to the road to protest against the alleged proscription of the scholars’ union by the administration of the establishment.
The scholars below the aegis of Motion Committee of the Nice Ife College students’ Union mentioned they’re challenging the facility of the college’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede to proscribe a “democratic union of the institution.”
The protest affected free stream of site visitors for about an hour at Olaiya Junction, the place the aggrieved college students gathered to sensitize members of the general public about their plight.
After the protest, the scholars led by Comrade Dunsin Olowolafe addressed a press convention on the Osun State chapter of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists.
Olowolafe alleged that the college proscribed the scholars union of the physique’s resistance of the “unfavorable accommodation policy which tried to increase the tuition fees at the Faculty of Health Sciences to N85, 000.”
He accused the college administration of choosing some new Corridor executives to impose the “unfavorable accommodation policy” on the scholars.
He mentioned: “The accommodation policy was a wicked response to the crisis of congestion on the university campus. The residential hostels which accommodated about 70 percent of the students were decongested by driving majority of the students to town/off campus, a situation which degenerated into a transportation crisis on the campus.”
Olowolafe mentioned the scholars who at the moment are residing on the town are going through untold hardship of hike in home lease and uncovered to collection of crimes and assaults.
Demanding a probe of the Vice Chancellor and restoration of funds meant for the development of 4 new inexpensive halls of residences, he known as for “inauguration of a democratically elected students’ union, an end to ban on the freedom of students to associate freely, end to brutality by porters, school security and the police.”
Different calls for by the scholars embody “sufficient and quality lecture theaters and residential hostels, proper funding of education sector with at least 26 percent of the country’s budget, public probe of all released to the institution, payment of all owed wages and allowances of education workers and the implementation of new minimum wage.”
In a response, the college mentioned the choice to droop the central college students union was taken within the total curiosity of nearly all of college students.
In a phone chat, the college spokesperson, Mr. Abiodun Olanrewaju, mentioned the protesters had been solely exhibiting “undue youthful exuberance,” saying the unionism within the college was by no means proscribed however suspended “because of infighting among the students over union dues and this could result in loss of lives and property if not checked promptly.”
He mentioned the college administration was extra involved about peaceable conduct and safety for critical college students, who had been decided to be targeted on their tutorial pursuit.
Based on him: “They’re exhibiting undue youthful exuberance. They’re all the time preventing over union dues and if this was not attended promptly to may declare lives and lack of property. The college solely suspended the central union not on the departmental, college and halls of residence.
“On the accommodation, we have 6,750 freshers in need of where to stay and we have only space for 6,000 against the over 33,000 students’ population. This is the reason the management is calling on well-meaning Nigerians to come and build hostels in support of the school. Also, about their demands for adequate funding of education, they know appropriate quarter to direct their demand.”
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