By: Yusuff, Uthman Adekola
…tells students to get ready for mass action
UI not under bondage—VC
In a new statement entitled ‘NANS ISSUES 48 HOURS ULTIMATUM TO UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN VICE CHANCELLOR, PROF. ABEL IDOWU OLAYINKA TO MEET OUR DEMANDS’, released by the Oyo State NANS on Thursday, July 4, the students body has threatened a ‘mass action’ against the Management of University of Ibadan.
The release which was signed by the Chairman of the association, Olujuwon Asubiojo Marshall, noted again in defiance to the current ban on motorcycles as well as the suspension of the student union and some student leaders, that the management remains guilty of ‘injustice and an assault to students’ legitimate rights and entitlements’
‘Prior this conclusion, we have humbly approached the university leadership.
‘We have honorably sought for solutions. We have written the Vice Chancellor, made media appeals, made press statements calling his attention to these demands.
‘NANS, Oyo state believes we have served enough diplomacy in this matter and we are so much resolute in ensuring our demands are met.’
NANS further expressed that their demands are in the interest of students, and that they have ‘reviewed’ the language of the UI VC revealing that the management is not ready to accede to requests by the student body.
The body has thus stated their resolution to ensure their demands are met for the sake ‘of fairness and justice’.
The statement also threatened that, in case the management still fails to honour the demands made, ‘University of Ibadan should expect what the strength of Nigerian students is’, while also notifying ‘UItes and Nigerian students in general to get ready for mass action.’
THE VICE CHANCELLOR REACTS
In a phone call with the UI VC, he has discarded the threats by NANS, as he declared ‘it’s a non-issue’.
‘Students from polytechnics, colleges of education cannot come here and be dictating to us. And you see the kind of language they’re using? Saying, you must do this one with immediate effect”
The VC went on to explain that the case of Ojo Aderemi (the suspended UI Student Union President) has gone beyond the school management.
He mentioned that Ojo, who was given a four-semester rustication, has already sued the university management to court even though he could have, as a matter of right, appealed to the Students’ Disciplinary Committee within 14 days of receiving his letter of rustication.
‘Rather than appeal to the Governing Council, he went to court. So, what should we do? So, it’s even beyond us.
‘The case has been adjourned till October 2nd; so, we can’t do anything. We can’t discuss a matter that’s already before a court of law.’, the Vice-Chancellor explained.
Also responding to the issue of the banned bikes, he stated that there is no problem in transportation as he said there are alternatives.
‘The way they are shouting Okada Okada, you’ll think UI has been operating commercial motorcycles since 1948. I mean, what’s the big deal? Is it mandatory that you drive Okada here? Are there no alternative?’
The VC has also noted that he had earlier gone to ‘monitor things’ and noticed there weren’t problems with commuters.