[Ibadan]–The University of Ibadan Students’ Union President, Comrade Ojo Oluwanifemi has said that the university is producing items that the community is not buying.
He made this revelation at a press conference in the Students’ Representatives Council Chamber on Tuesday.
While reacting to a question from a journalist on how the University can increase its internally generated revenue, he said, “See, we have UI Bread, UI water, Agric Shop, PYTP students produce that goes to the market and many other ventures. But the problem I have with the university is that they don’t take these ventures seriously. Most of us don’t even eat the bread and the UI water, we have always complained about UI water.
“The way forward is to take these ventures seriously, standardize them and attract external buyers.”
While speaking further, he condemned the government’s attitude to education and that the government is not monitoring education because it’s not a priority.
“The government of the day has let us down in more ways than one we however have chosen to be understanding and to persevere, hoping for better days but there is an urgent need to cry out on the way the education sector is been handled, operated and attended to.
“This government amongst other things has shown less commitment to education than all the past government. Some people said it is due to the educational status of the president, I have no comments about that.
“The present decadence in the educational sector is alarming and as a key stakeholder in the sector we say NO to the current treatment been given to the education sector and particularly our universities.
“If the government cannot be responsible for anything, one thing the government must be responsible for is Education of its citizen. We must all call the attention of the government to this.”
Oluwanifemi also reacted to the issue of low funding in the university and that the government needs to stop cutting the salaries of both academic and non-academic staff.
“The government gives 12 million monthly to University of Ibadan to run the university. Every month, the cleaning service bill is about 11 million. Electricity bill moves between 25- 30 million. There’s a need to maintain the existing facilities in the universities. How can a university such as U.I to run on 12 million naira per month?”
He lamented at the poor facilities in the university stating that the Kenneth Dike Library which used to be the National Library of Nigeria, is now almost an heritage site that houses artifacts and that the laboratories need a total upgrade.
“If this is the state of things in University of Ibadan, the first and the best in Nigeria, the 801st best in the world, what is the fate of other federal universities and tertiary institutions in Nigeria.”
He further condemned the new grading system as adopted by Joint Admission and Matriculation Board and that “JAMB should focus on how to better make the UTME (Unified Tertiary Matriculation Exam) good enough and standardized other than facing frivolities that may crumble our universities and country at large. We want Post-UTME back.”
The president thereafter protested the victimisation of students by the university of Ibadan management and that the Union will be ready to combat the injustice if such should continue.
“This is becoming a norm is our universities and it is becoming a bad trend. Management of Universities (University of Ibadan inclusive) expel students without proper investigation of the case for which such a student was queried.
“3 students of University of Ibadan were expelled some days ago for offenses which they could have been given a lesser punishment or even cleared if proper investigation was done. Necessary steps are being taken to ensure that the university act justly on their case.” he added.
“This case of student victimization in my opinion is a result of frustration within system or in some cases Vendetta by some university officials at the helm of affairs who feel they have what it takes to have you punished.
In fact, as we speak, I am the chief of victimized students.
“This issue should be looked into and students should not just be punished for no reason. We are however ready to combat injustice.” He concluded.
Also present at the press conference with the president are Osasona Adekusibe, the Students’ Union House Secretary and Ore Kelvin, the Students’ Union Treasurer.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg