No Students’ Union, no Exams, suspended student leader dares UI Management

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[Ibadan]–Ojo Aderemi, the suspended Students’ Union President of the University of Ibadan has restated the stand of the suspended executive committee of the Union that without the reinstatement of the Union students will not write the examination scheduled to begin on July 4.

This is contained in a press release published by Ojo Aderemi and signed by the “Executive Committee, University of Ibadan Students Union” on Friday, June 23.

The management of the University of Ibadan had earlier announced the resumption as well as examination dates after a special senate meeting today.

The management in a release published on the University’s website announced July 2 as resumption date for undergraduates and July 4 for the commencement of first semester examinations.

“The Senate of the University of Ibadan, at its Special Meeting held today, Friday, 23 June 2017, received and considered the Interim Report of the Committee set up to look at the remote and immediate causes of the 29 May, 2017 students crisis which led to the suspension of undergraduate academic activities in the University.

“After extensive deliberations of the report, Senate decided that undergraduate students should return to campus on Sunday, 02 July, 2017, to continue the suspended first  semester 2016/2017 Academic Session; that the students should report to their respective Halls of Residence from Sunday, 02 July to Monday, 03 July 2017; that the 2016/2017 first semester examinations would commence on Tuesday, 04 July, 2017 at the various Faculties; and that Students would be allowed into examination halls upon presentation of first semester registration printouts, among other measures put in place.

“All students are enjoined to be law-abiding and be conscious of the content of their matriculation oaths during the examinations and throughout their stay in the University.

“On behalf of the Governing Council, Senate,University Management and the entire University community, I wish all students a safe return and a successful academic session,” the release added.

Ojo Aderemi, in a release later in the day appreciated all stakeholders including the Alumni bodies and the University of Ibadan branch of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) for their various intervention so far.

“Our attention has been drawn to a purported release from the Administration asking students to resume on July 02 and exams will start on July 04. It will be recalled that the Union has placed certain demands on the desks of the Administration. The demands were; That the school be reopened immediately and that students should be returned to their halls of residence; That the Students Union be reinstated immediately; That hot plates be allowed in the kitchenette because it borders on students survival on campus; and That cases of certain suspended students be reviewed,” the release listed.

It stated further that “On all of these, we were open to dialogue. We made ourselves available for negotiations but non came. We were respectful and positive in all our media engagements. We were civil with the whole process.

“It should be noted that we are not averse to resumption and we would not be pleased to rot at home. However, we cannot go home for four weeks and come back without having our demands met. It is unacceptable for students to be on campus without a Union or with some illegal structures that will not protect the democratic rights of students. Students have clamoured for the issuance of their ID cards which they paid for. The ID cards does not border on it’s presentation at exam centers alone. It is valuable as an integral part of our lives as students within campus, in town and outside the country.

“Let us remind fellow students that non of these under listed issues have been attended too. By all standards this is injustice and unfairness against us -students. It is dangerous not to have a Students Union on ground judging by the security situation of the school. The absence of a Union can give rise and boldness to unregistered immoral characters among students. We can not live under such conditions.

“We are aware of the plans to divide us by instigating our final year students against us. We believe that they are not robots. They are intellectuals who have passes through a system. Nigeria is not in need of half baked graduates who can not stand on their two feet against injustice and brutal violation of human rights.

“On this basis we, hereby, call for the reinstatement of our Union without which the resolve of students will not be changed. Our Union is our dignity. Survival is a right. Without these we are not writing any exams. All legitimate mechanisms will be deployed towards actualising our rights and ensuring our demands are met,” he added.

Recall that the students of the University had a protest May 29 over issues bothering on the use of hot plates and non-issuance of ID cards to the students by the management.

Later, the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Professor Abel Idowu olayinka, on behalf of the Management shut down the university on the same day in an announcement on the University’s radio, Diamond F.M.

In a dramatic twist, the management eventually suspended the activities of the Students’ Union indefinitely and ordered the lock down of the Students’ Union Building after a special senate meeting on May 30.




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