UI VC cautions students against disruption, says management is open to dialogue

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[Ibadan]–The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Professor Idowu Olayinka has cautioned students against further disruption of the school’s academic calendar on resumption scheduled for July 2.

The Vice Chancellor, who gave this caution in a post published on his Facebook timeline on Wednesday, also assured that the university management is open to continuous dialogue on issues affecting student’s welfare.

“I welcome all undergraduate students back to the Campus after the postponement of examinations occasioned by the unfortunate students’ protest of May 29, 2017. As you may be aware, since the suspension of examination, there have been numerous productive engagements by many stakeholders of the University with all agreeing on one basic fact: The University should reopen as soon as possible and all parties should earnestly work to fulfill the vision of the University. It is in this regard that I want to reinforce the appeal made at the beginning of the session that as you return to the Campus, you should join hands with the University Management to ensure that there is no further disruption of the academic calendar.

“As I noted in my release before the May 29, 2017 protest, this session has been unduly extended and any further extension will not in any way be in the interest of the students and the entire university community. The revised academic calendar occasioned by the five-week break implies that the current session is expected to end on 29 January, 2018; this already has far-reaching implications for our final year students who should normally proceed to the Law School or the National Youth Service Corp Scheme during the last quarter of 2017. There are others seeking admission to foreign Universities and who may not be able to do so as a result of the extensions which have resulted in the irregular academic session,” he lamented.

The Professor also revealed that the University Librarian has made arrangements for the University Library to open from 8 am to 4 pm on Saturdays, and from 2 pm to 10 pm on Sundays and the Director of Works will also deploy mobile generators to strategic lecture theatres for students who may be interested in overnight readings.

He added that the reports available to the management have indicated that majority of the students are ready to resume and sit for the first semester examination.

“Nonetheless, there are reports that a few students are still inclined towards further disruption of examination and other activities. This surely is not in the interest of students or the University as a whole. Once again, I assure you that the University Management is open to continuous dialogue on issues affecting student’s welfare.

“It is crucial to think of life as a journey, which definitely does not end in the university. It will be my joy for you to excellently complete this phase of your life, start a good job on graduation, such that you can be great ambassadors of the University and make meaningful contributions to the development of our dear country.

“The University of Ibadan is our pride; it is the pride of our nation, Nigeria. Let us join hands in keeping up the greatness associated with our University. This can only be achieved in an atmosphere of peace. I wish you safe trip back to the University on Sunday, 2nd July, 2017 and my best wishes in your examination,” he concluded.

In a similar development, the Union of Campus Journalists, University of Ibadan in a press release on Wednesday has advised the suspended Students’ Union to go back to the drawing board.

“The resolve of the Union remains that, locking down the school at this period is not the panacea to the various demands of the Students Union tabled before the school management. It will rather lead to other brewing issues which should literally not be the bone of contention now and which have been blocked from being envisioned by certain individuals who have nothing to lose.

“There are a thousand and thousands of ways to go about this struggle without the closure of the school. One only needs the right strategy, mechanics, tactics and sincere collaborators. A proverb says the “falling down of a tree is a warning to others too”. Take a cue from LAUTECH and how everything alutalistic has failed to open their school nor met their various demands after several months until, some rational beings adopted new strategies that is leading them to victory.

“Remember the proverb that says he who fights and run, live to fight another day. The SU should go back to the drawing board, listen to dissenting opinions, consult widely and this time consult the right people; thereafter, understand and fashion out an intelligent strategy. Dialogue is not a bad idea at this level.”

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