The controversy that generated over the SUG president purchasing a 14 seated Toyota Hiace bus without the knowledge of other executives and the permission of the Parliament has led to students forming a group to mount pressure on the Parliament Speaker to convene a session. The Parliament Speaker finally convened a session on Monday, June 3rd. Deliberations in Parliamentary session saw to the suspension of the President and Financial Secretary over Procedural error and Constitutional Aberration.
Read the details as provided by the Union’s Public Relations Officer.
OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
GREAT IFE STUDENTS’ UNION
PUBLIC STATEMENT ON THE SUSPENSION OF THE PRESIDENT AND THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY OF GREAT IFE STUDENTS’ UNION ON ACCOUNT OF COMMISSION OF PROCEDURAL ERROR AND CONSTITUTIONAL ABERRATION BY THE PARLIAMENT
We consider it fundamental to salute the undying consciousness and tenacious doggedness of Great Ife students for your unwavering interest in restoring sanity to our Union by being actively involved in activities of the Union ever since the inception of this current administration.
The essence of this public release is to keep the generality of Great Ife students abreast of what has transpired in our Union as regards the parliamentary decisions on the controversial bus purchased by the Central Executive Council and the subsequent suspension of the President and the Financial Secretary of the Union for two weeks each.
At the parliamentary sitting presided over by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Falayi Temitope Caleb on the 1st June, 2017 at the level of Awo Café, the parliament discussed, among other pertinent matters affecting the Union, the procedural errors as well as constitutional aberrations committed by the President and the Financial Secretary over the Union bus purchased for N 2.5 million.
After welcoming plethora of submissions from parliamentarians and members of the gallery, three motions were moved which included the following:
1. That the President and the Financial Secretary should write an apology letter and the investigative Committee be set up to investigate matters surrounding the purchase of the Union bus and the price
2. That the President and the Financial Secretary should be suspended for 30 days and the investigative Committee be set up to investigate matters surrounding the purchase of Union bus and the price
3. That the President and the Financial Secretary should be suspended for two weeks and the investigative Committee be set up to investigate matters surrounding the purchase of Union bus and the price
After these motions were moved, the voting process commenced with 29, 1, 40 honourables voting in favour of motions 1, 2, and 3 respectively. From the results of the votes cast, majority of parliamentarians were in favour of the suspension of the President and the Financial Secretary for two weeks.
However, there was power outage at the point the Speaker of the House was about to officially announce the results of the voting process.
Due to the power outage, the sitting was brought to an abrupt end as the Speaker declared that the house should go for a recess until further notice.
The Parliamentarians were called back from the recess on the 2nd June, 2017 at the sitting held in the same venue, Awo Café by 3:30pm. It was at this point the official suspension of the President and the Financial Secretary was announced by the Speaker.
Apart from that, an Investigative Committee was set up by the house with Hon. Jamiu Esho, an honorable representing Faculty of Technology as the Chairman of the Committee and Hon. Ogunremi Kadijat from Faculty of Law as the Secretary of the Committee. Other members of the Committee include: Hon. Adewole Kayode Joseph, an honorable representing Faculty of Education; Hon. Omoyeni Olumide, an honourable representing Faculty of Arts; Mr. Olasehinde Boluwatife, a member of gallery, from Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences and Mr. Oloniniran Gbenga, a member of gallery, from Faculty of Social Sciences.
The main task set before the Committee was to investigate the price of the bus and then report back to the house within two weeks.
On a final note, it should be noted that the Vice President, Jacob Tosin, is now the Acting President. She shall act in the capacity of the President until the expiration of the suspension period of the President, given that he(the president) and the Financial Secretary are not found guilty of inflating the price of the bus by the Investigative Committee.
Okediji Simon (ZUMA)
Public Relations Officer, Great Ife Students’ Union