ID cards may not be ready by July 17, as UI management meets students’ leaders next week for negotiation

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[Ibadan]–Contrary to expectations of many students of the University of Ibadan, the production of ID cards for students may not be ready by July 17 which is the likely date for resumption in the absence of a new date announcement by the management.

And in what appears to be a way forward to the ongoing crisis rocking the premier university in Nigeria, the suspended Students’ Union President, Mr. Ojo Aderemi, while on a phone call with THE PAGE said that there is going to be a round table discussion with the university management facilitated by University’s stakeholders.

According to a reliable source who spoke with THE PAGE on the condition of anonymity, the ID cards may not be ready by July 17 as there are internal administrative obstacles that may make that impossible.

Recall that in an earlier report by THE PAGE, the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Professor Idowu Olayinka was quoted to have said that it is not possible for him to produce 30,000 ID cards within a short period of time.

“We suggested that they could use their library identity card, course form or clinic identity card as a means of identification to write the exams, they kept threatening that they would not write the exams unless the identity card was produced. And, I am not a magician that will produce 30, 000 cards in a day.”

Meanwhile, there is an ongoing rumour that the money meant for the ID card production might have been kept in a fixed deposit account and the production of the ID cards may not be possible until at a later date.

This may not be untrue as THE PAGE has learnt that the University Management is still operating cash collections and deposits into various bank accounts  with Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) despite e-collection platform provided by Federal Government.

It should be noted that this is in contravention of directives that all  Federal Government parastatals and agencies must migrate revenue and cash collections to e-collection platform on the TSA platform.

A good example of this is a recent memo from the University management directing some medical students to pay certain fees tagged as “Bench Fees” to an account being operated with First Bank.

Aderemi while speaking with THE PAGE revealed that, “Stakeholders within the institutions including some alumni associations and labour unions are already negotiating with the university management on behalf of the Union and there is a possibility that there will be a round table discussion next week to chart a way forward in the ongoing crisis”.

While asked about the ID cards, which was one of the main reason for student protest, and the possibility of the production not being ready on resumption, he replied, “that is still a rumour. And that is one of the items we will be negotiating at the meeting next week”.

When THE PAGE called Mr. Tunji Oladejo, the Director, Directorate of Public Communication, University of Ibadan, to ask about what steps are  being taken by the management to address the issues that led to the lock down of the university, he initially said that would be best answered by the Vice Chancellor or the Registrar.

On further push by THE PAGE correspondent on whether he is aware about the intervention of some stakeholders including alumni associations and labour unions, he replied, “I am not aware of any intervention by the Labour Unions, I am only aware of the one by Alumni Associations like Lagos and Abuja” and he expressed optimism that there will be a positive way forward after the intervention.

All efforts to get the attention of the Vice Chancellor and the Registrar to comment on the issue proved abortive as calls and messages put through to them were not answered.

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