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Published On: Tue, Jan 14th, 2020

Two years on, OAU yet to restore students’ union

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Two years after the management of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife (OAU) suspended the activities of its Students’ Union, some students and groups have urged the school to reinstate the union.
The institution in November 2017, argued that frequent internal crises in the union led to its decision.
“Following security reports of incessant fighting and unruly behaviour during the Congress of the Students Union and the recalcitrant attitude of their leadership, it has become inevitable for the University administration to suspend the activities of the Students Union of the Obafemi Awolowo University,” read the statement signed by the then registrar, Dotun Awoyemi.
Many students have urged the Eyitope Ogunbode-led administration to rescind its decisions, a plea that has been ignored by the authorities.
Meanwhile, the vice-chancellor of the university, in 2018 said the union would be reinstated “but not anytime soon”. He did not give a definite timeline.
Since then, nothing much has been heard about the matter despite incessant robbery on campus and poor welfare of students.
The students’ union of the university has a history of defending and protecting the rights of students.
Meanwhile, some students on Monday, asked the school to reinstate the union.

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