The management of Obafemi Awolowo University ile-ife has revealed that the suspended students’ union will soon be reinstated back on campus before the end of this current 2019/2020 academic session. This was contained in a statement release by the university Dean, Division of Student Affairs, Prof Isiaka Aransi and made available to DAILY GIST on Monday
DAILY GIST recalls that the management had on November 6, 2017 placed activities of the Students Union of the school on indefinite suspension after citing cases of violence and unruly behaviour in a security report.
However on Monday, the management announced plan to reinstate the the students’ unionism back on campus .
The statement read in part, “It has come to the knowledge if the University Management that the National Association of Nigerian students Zone D is plannin to stage a protest in respect of “resuscitation of Students’ Union in OAU.
The university management wishes to inform all students that prior to the commencement of COVID-19 lockdown in March 2020, OAU had taken steps to ensure that Students’ Union was resuscitated on two diferent occassions but the processes were truncated due to the activities of some group of students on our university campus.
Meanwhile, protest or no protest, the university management has already determined to reinstate the suspended Students’ Union before the end of this current 2019/2020 academic session.
“In recognition of the right of freedom of association and assemmbly as well as the right to ensure that students play their roles actively in decision-making processes as one of the major stakeholders in the university, the management, through the Dean of Student Affairs, took another step in January this year 2021 to present another proposal to the university senate with a view to ensuring that the students union was resuscitated.
Accordingly, the University Senate considered the proposal at its virtual meeting in January 2021, and in its wisdom advised that resuscitation of students union being an exclusive preserve of students should not be executed virtually while the students were not on ground in the university