By Seyi Adedokun
The lockup of this building that brings students together in a manner has been a concern to many. Although, the ignorant ones have not depleted their hunger to be more of an ignoramus, but as they hear about this development that has not been revisited, from their actions, it is obvious that a petty trader would be concerned about this deterioration. This aggravated state has not put Nigerian students into pandemonium and debate about possible plans of Nigerian lecturers or leaders. Is it a politicizing strategy, or a medium to turn young minds to the most effect robots ever. Most importantly, those offices at the students’ union building are yet to be opened and cleaned to avoid damages. So, what might be the possible plan of this chiefly respected body?
The idea of writing a rebuttal is not a welcoming one which the president of the union has indulged in. It may be agreed that the management has stepped into the cap of old rules to place verdict on this new generation, but the most important thing to note is that the lost struggle was an own goal. If everyone can remember what Izuchukwu Temilade said on the congress ground and what Asiwaju hammered upon. Both classes warned that judging by using the constitution might stumble back on the students, but many of the students were obviously stubborn and stiff on this decision of protest. Meanwhile, no one knows what he wanted until it became clear. Indirectly, the viscous surface interpreted that the desire of the students be made liquefied and watery of suspension.
The challenges of the occupants of other offices have been examined and met with various questions and heart biting replies have flown off their lips. All have been about the opposite of John Maxwell about leadership which was said by him that it is also about possession. This time, it comes about to be dispossession. The shield of trust, even if reinstatement comes on the morrow cannot be weighed on the same balance anymore because over the times that letters have flown out from the supposed president, it only talks about the reinstatement of the union and has neglected the reopening of the building. Then, who are these ones representing?
The minds of others who occupy those offices have been crafted out and with such bleeding thought of wrongness in judgment, there is one fact that no one is ready to carry another’s cross. But, this moth of displacement needs to be removed first which the union has tried enough to document the pains, gains, global losses and what need(s) to be subscribed to. The replies are tears taking and breathe snatching as members’ passion s drench. It is imperative to listen to other minds, although, nobody is listening to the mind and pain of the union of campus journalists. The president of Junior Chamber International, Nnam Stanley gave enough details of the challenges of the association, especially on the recruitment exercise.
According to him,“Junior Chamber international Nigeria, University of Ibadan chapter is the local extension of the international organization. As an organization, we focus on making global impact by taking local actions. Thus, all our activities are positioned towards creating measurable and positive differences in members and our local community which is UI. We provide our members these opportunities that empower them to create these positive changes in their different spheres, so, I dare say, our major impact is on our membership, which in turn is trained to be the difference- resulting in better environment for all.”
The idea of forming associations, clubs and organizations lies in building of personalities. It may be a platitude when the same aim is repeated for different organizations. But no matter how common the dictation of the ramification is, there will always be a spectacular difference between animals of a colony. The major impact of the organization in the university (AIESEC) according to the representative, Delphin Ugwu is “to build leaders and facilitate exchange experiences for young people to go and derive their leadership attention.” “The ordeal of this organization is the access to some documents, the office and some other internal processes_ one to one meetings: with alumnus. Members cope alright. All executives respond to calls and we have our meetings in any other places like the cafeteria, love garden and we have meetings online too. I wouldn’t say it’s unfair to lock associations that are not under students’ union out. I do feel if the university management wanted to lock the organizations up, they should have provided another solution for us like an office or a hall that we will use turn by turn because we are registered student organizations and we right to pay our dues, so we shouldn’t have been worked out because we haven’t done anything wrong.”
No ordeal is more than the other because there is one or more link in productivity. During this kind of test, a strong and passionate person is expected to be less than a quarter of the organization. The conveniency of a body also depends on the location of the managerial spot as backed by Stanley’s points. He itemized that “At first, it was with ridiculous shock that the development was welcomed. Questions directed at particularly nobody were being thrown around, and with unfortunate resignation to fate, members had to adopt less convenient measures as against what we has initially. Indeed the secretariat is important to us for several reasons. Amongst them is its position as a place to enhance better personal relationships between members. When there are team assignments and meetings, it is always a meeting point and now in its absence, I must note a lot of inconsistencies with our arrangements and activities”
Some schools of thought believe that conducive environments encourage punctuality and the managerial exposition is always at the peak of fulfillment. No matter how trained some personnel can be, it is natural to be weary of the stress of meeting points, and what are not part of their duties before. With this kind of effect, members’ and executives’ effectiveness in operation cannot really be blamed. The presidents commented that “The executives at first had trouble grappling with the reality that we basically had no base of operation. Though their availability hasn’t really dropped, effectiveness and efficiency has really been affected. You can imagine having as important as an executive meeting at Gamaliel Onosode park, and then with the nature of the place, you would expect the secretary to pen down standard minutes. It is quite unsettling but we are managing. Of course, cases of lateness has been on the rise, locating ‘pseudo-secretariat’ for the meeting being cited one time too many.”
A target point is also an area to note in this cause. So far there hasn’t been a good site to soil for growth; there is high chance for negative feedbacks on the fairness of this measure. Now that the music has failed and the rhythm of the lyrics of protest has spread on everyone, there is need for a proper definition of what we stand for. It is not a question of if it is right to suspend the union, but the fairness of locking other associations independent of the students’ union out has created a gliding strength to thought. Stanley replied that “I must admit that closure of the SUB has affected our strength base greatly. For instance, when our recruitment process is on(as it is on now), the usual practice is that we drop forms and contacts of executives in charge such that prospective members may pick a copy, fill and return conveniently, or call the extant contact for inquiries or further questions. This time around, it has been so strenuous, as there is no basic point for collection and submission of forms; it has to be more direct this time around. The process is less encouraging for the prospective members, even as older members, the adjustment are a bitter swallow.”
“I really do not think it’s fair that student organizations not under the students’ union be made to lose their offices. In all right consideration of it, the activities of these organizations are more in line with the school managements than that of the students’ union. Thus, partners to the school in development of its students and community.”
“By this lockdown, so much wrong is being wrecked. Worse still it has ripple effects which we do well to avoid. At meeting in the secretariat, the level of interaction is very high and it is at this point that consciously or subconsciously, the skills about management, administration and organization are passed around. These are part of what makes a leader. One may go on to study the link between the lockdown of SUB and how much it affects organizational output to members. There is a downward trend and it has to be checked. This has to be addressed.”
It is obvious today that the learning and character which the school management wants to force into each student by locking up the students’ union building cannot be imbibed in this manner. This act is just to punish the activism act of radical minds. This is not in turn to stand for the action of the protest, but to state categorically that it ends to be a tantrum thrown at the display of these ones. Meanwhile, action and reaction is supposed to be equal but directed oppositely to a more learned direction. Philosophically, chain a criminal in a prison may not make him to learn but may strengthen his stubbornness. Other organizations were not easily reached, but it is hoped that everyone is facing a common challenge. The nonchalant crass of this suspenders which turns out to a better way to curtail protest may birth events more than protest if students here are domestic terrorists. It is evidence that Nigerian students are peaceful but hate partial verdicts.
In conclusion, examining challenges almost turned to challenges examining examiners. Nobody, who has guilty conscience, will decide to punish everyone with the same measure if not for autocracy. No good mannered man will feed his child with stone when he asks for bread. Here, we can say, we live in a society that wishes not to be ideal in any way, but only turns to press more of stabbing good development. A quick remembrance, a man who takes away another man’s freedom is a prisoner of hatred; he is locked behind the bars of prejudice and narrow-mindedness. The oppressor needs liberation just like the oppressed.