CENTRAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL,
GREAT IFE STUDENTS’ UNION
A CONGRATULATORY MESSAGE TO PROFESSOR EYITOPE OGUNGBENRO OGUNBODEDE ON HIS APPOINTMENT AS THE VICE CHANCELLOR OF OAU
“We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community. Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others for their sakes and our own.” – Cesar Chavez
We hereby use this medium to congratulate you on your appointment as the Vice Chancellor of our great institution. We share in your joy and celebration as we join other sister unions, academia, students, family and well-meaning Nigerians in felicitating with you.
Your achievement has come at the right time when Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife needs a visionary leader to steer its affairs effectively. We have no doubt in your strength and ability to move this university to a greater height. From our end as Students’ Union leaders, we are ready to work with the University Management in making OAU the pride of Africa. We cannot extenuate the need for a healthy co-existence and collaboration among all stakeholders in advancing the course of progress in this university. Therefore, your administration can be sure of students’ support on the condition that you make the interests of students your paramount concern.
Permit us to quickly bring to your reminder the essence of our union. Great Ife Students’ Union is strictly a pressure group with the main interest of making the University Management wake up to their duties and better the general welfare conditions of students. We exist as an autonomous entity with clear objectives, aspirations, and goals which are all centred on creating a better system where students are put into a reasonable consideration in the policies, actions and decisions of the University Management.
GENERAL WELFARE CONDITION OF STUDENTS ON CAMPUS
The union hereby demands a holistic overhauling of the general welfare condition of students on campus. Over times, our members have been subjected to protracted deplorable, animalistic and pitiable living and learning conditions. The state of our halls of residence is nothing to write home about. Despite the unjustifiable astronomical increment in school fees regime introduced by the former Vice Chancellor, Prof Bamitale Omole, it is very sad and unfortunate that nothing serious has been done to improve the general welfare condition of students. This has further made it clear to the student populace that the University Management is more interested in enriching the pockets of the rich at the expense of the poor and also formulate policies that are capable of wounding the dauntless spirit of the masses to access modern education.
Therefore, we demand your administration to make it a point of duty to revamp and make better the general welfare condition of students on campus.
Furthermore, we demand immediate renovation of the existing halls of residence and construction of new hostels to decongest the population of students living off campus owing to insufficient accommodation on campus. It is highly regrettable that students living off campus have always been the targets of armed robbers, rapists, burglars and other unscrupulous elements in the society. These unpleasant and detestable experiences have left us with no solution other than to demand the University Management to embark on intensive building projects that will accommodate more students on campus which is expected to commence as soon as possible.
ELECTRICITY AND WATER SUPPLY ON CAMPUS
The union vehemently condemns and deplores the current epileptic state of power and water supply on campus. Students are tired of excuses from the University management. It is very ridiculous that we always experience power outage on campus whenever it rains. The cliché “the fault is from Ajebandele” has remained the major excuse from the university management to cover up for their inefficiency and ineptitude over time.
We, therefore, demand the University Management to swiftly address the issue of instability of power and water supply in our various halls of residence and academic area. We charge you to dutifully discharge your duties as the administrative head of the university by ensuring that students enjoy the best of welfare condition during your tenure as the Vice Chancellor.
INCESSANT ACCIDENTS ON ROAD ONE
We demand the university management to pay an adequate attention to the unsafe state of the University Road One. The road is gradually becoming a death trap with cases of incessant road mishaps recorded to have occurred on it in recent time. Just about three weeks ago, the university community received the biggest shock after losing a life to the notorious road and this ugly incident was coupled with other ghastly motor accidents involving students.
The Union, therefore, says no to needless loss of lives and demands the University Management to construct bumps as well as speed-breakers on the road to curtail the future occurrence of fatal accidents on the road in question. We also enjoin the University Management to start enforcing the 40km/hrs speed limit on the motorists plying all our major roads on campus by erecting speed limit posts. Also, we recommend that appropriate penalty should be administered against any erring motorist no matter their status.
A MORE EQUIPPED UNIVERSITY HEALTH CENTRE
We demand a better and adequately equipped Health Centre that will cater for the health care needs of the generality of Great Ife students. Also, we enjoin your office to immediately look into the reports of inefficiency and ineptitude of some members of staff of the university health centre which has directly or indirectly claimed lives of students.
We make bold to assert at this juncture that the power of the union cannot be undermined and we will not hesitate to take a severe action against any health worker in the university health centre whose failure to discharge his/her duty as expected leads to any loss of life or a more complicated health condition of a patient.
FREQUENT FUMIGATION OF HALLS OF RESIDENCE
The fumigation that had been done by the University Management in times past had been strongly condemned by students due to the ineffectiveness of the exercise. At every point in time, the exercise has proven to be a sheer waste of money and time. The Union hereby demands the University Management to include it in their budget to always fumigate halls of residence at the end of every semester. Contrary to the “watergation” of the past, we want sufficient amount of relevant chemicals to be used so that the main objective of the exercise will be achieved at the end of the day.
WE STAND AGAINST VICTIMIZATION OF ACTIVISTS AND STUDENTS’ UNION LEADERS ON CAMPUS
Criticism is the salt of democracy. Our experiences in the past had witnessed the tyrannical disposition of the university management against criticisms from students. It should be noted at this point in time that students occupy the largest demographic distribution in the population of the university community. Therefore, it is right, legal, and constitutional that they have a say in the way their affairs are being steered.
However, it is unfortunate and appalling that our system does not encourage this. Past administrations had victimized, attacked and incapacitated student activists and progressive union leaders who have always been at the vanguard of pro-students and pro-masses movements. This intolerable attitude of the university management to criticisms from activists has succeeded in decimating the consciousness and interest of students in agitating and pressing their demands from the management even in the face of oppression and tyranny.
We, therefore, stand against victimization and oppression of union leaders and student activists on campus.
We wish you the best in your new office.
Once again, congratulations!
Okediji Simon (ZUMA)
Public Relations Officer, Great Ife SU
Boluwajaiye Adeoluwa (FYNESTBOI)
Secretary General, Great Ife SU
Oyekan Ibukun Edward (DR IBK)
President, Great Ife SU