UI Alumni Association condemns the Students’ Union suspension as it moves to resolve the ongoing crisis within the school

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[Lagos]–The University of Ibadan Alumni Association, Lagos state branch has condemned the suspension of the institution’s Students’ Union by the Professor Idowu Olayinka led Senate and has put strategies in motion to resolve the ongoing student-management crisis.

The reaction against the suspension of the Students’ Union was contained in a statement released after an emergency meeting of the association’s leadership which took place at the Renaissance Hotels, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos on
Saturday.

According to the release, the association agreed that, “under whatever argument and guise, we are opposed to proscription and suspension of the Students Union activities on campus as contained in the UI Authorities release.

Hence, such pronouncement should be jettisoned,” it was declared.

The association also called for the immediate review and reinstatement of all the politically rusticated students union/students leaders except those with cases of criminal involvement.

And as a matter of channeling the way forward in the ongoing crisis, the association has resolved to meet all the warring parties which include the vice Chancellor and his management, the suspended Students’ Union leadership, the Academic and the Non-Academic Staff Unions.

The association further resolved, “that on the issue of Students ID card, we feel that there was a lacuna in terms of accurate and proper communication on the part of
the UI Authorities, hence, the level of degeneracy of the issue. We are not in support of the continuous delay in the issuance of the ID card for the students, however,the team should try to extract commitment from the UI Authorities as to when the ID card will be delivered to the students precisely. Then, we will appeal to the students to make use of the make shift arrangement ID card for their forthcoming examinations.

“That we will take a closer look at the Students Information Handbook and the Tenancy Agreement as regards the usage of the electrical appliances in the Hall kitchenette. The essence is for us to be abreast of what the law says before taking our position.

“That we will appeal to the UI Authorities to prioritize the importance of constituting the Student Welfare Board immediately to attend to most of these issues and others that might have caused bottleneck tension over the years.

“That we will orientate the Students Union leadership on leadership style,usage of language, comportment and the need to relate better with the University Authorities without compromising the fundamental principles of the struggle yet get things accomplished. The UI Authorities needs to maximize the reservoir of knowledge of
past students Union leaders to chart a better and positive course for the Students Union.

“That the Management needs to work on her tolerance level and improve on her proactive approach on handling matters as regards this. The Students Union is not bigger than the UI Authorities hence, the need for a mutually beneficial relationship which will in turn be beneficial to all stakeholders.

“That after all these must have been considered ,there’s need to re-open the University with immediate effect without further delay,” the release added.

Present at the meeting were Mr.Sina Odugbemi, the Chairman,UIAA Lagos Branch, Mr.Ajayi Popoola Michael, the Secretary, Otunba Ogundipe Stephen, former UIAA Lagos Chairman and Mr.Bode Ojomu a former Students Union President.

Also present were Mr. Omotola Ifafore from the United States, Mr.Agbaje Wilson Ojo, Barr. A.M Kotoye, Mrs. Ifafore from the United States, Mr.Jimoh Kazeem O., Mr.Alayande Stephen T., a former NANS ZONE D Coordinator and Mr.Ojo Olajire.




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