By: Yusuff, Uthman Adekola
UI Vice-Chancellor hits back at NANS—’Go and save your own institutions first.’
…UI not under bondage
The Vice-Chancellor of University of Ibadan, Prof Idowu Olayinka, has responded to threats of protest issued by NANS (National Association of Nigerian Students), as the VC declares that the body is not worthy of challenging the UI authorities.
This is in response to a recent release by the national student body, as signed by Olujuwon Asubiojo Marshall, Chairman of the Oyo State NANS, where it is stated that the university ‘should expect what the strength of the Nigerian Students is’ if the management fails to accept their demands.
However, the VC has revealed via a phone call with him that the NANS cannot dictate to the school management, as he discarded their threats as ‘a non-issue’.
He also mentioned that the school is already behind other universities and should not be disrupted again.
‘Students from polytechnics, colleges of education cannot come here and be dictating to us. And you see the kind of language they are using? You must do this one with immediate effect?
‘Anybody would think UI is in a state of war. Classes have already started. We’re even trying to catch up. So what’s their problem?
‘I don’t understand why they want to shut down UI. Who told you guys that UI is under bondage?
‘You’re coming to save UI. Go and save your own institutions first, your own college of education or polytechnic, your own college of agriculture, before you come and save UI.’