The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Zone D, has condemned the ‘reckless’ closure of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State by the Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede-led management and demanded, as a matter of urgency and necessity, the re-opening of the institution for students to continue their examinations.
The NANS Zone D also threatened to call for the removal of the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede even as it disclosed that its Zonal leadership will relocate its secretariat to the University campus gate until the VC reverses the decision.
They also called on the students of the university and all student union bodied across the South West to mobilise in numbers for a showdown on Saturday until the management rescinds its decision, adding that it shall be calling for the removal of the University’s Vice-Chancellor at that spot and they shall be mobilised in their numbers.
In a press statement signed by the duo of Kowe Odunayo Amos, Coordinator, NANS Zone D and Giwa Yisa Temitope, Secretary-General, NANS Zone D, they described the directive by the institution management to close down the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State as extremely infantile and primitive.
This is even as it demanded an immediate reversal of the decision by the management to close the institution which it claimed was draconian, hasty and unnecessary.
While describing the decision by the management to close down the institution as expected, NANS expressed disappointment at the institution’s management for doing it in response to students’ agitation over the death of Adesina Omowumi Aishat, a Part 4 student of the Department of Foreign Languages who died as a result of negligence by health workers at the University Health Centre.
According to the press statement, “As an association, we find it appalling that the University management could go to the extent of twisting the narrative by saying that she was adequately treated. Meanwhile, reverse was the case.
“It is on good record that the helpless student was abandoned and was certified brought-in-dead at Seventh Day Hospital, Mayfair for treatment where she gave up the ghost.
“But the management in their characteristic manner had to lie that she was promptly treated of severe infection (which they could not even name). The fact that the management could not name the ‘severe infection’ is a testament to the fact that they lied.
“As against the content of the 4th paragraph of the circular that was issued by the University management, there was no attempt by the University management “to call the students to order and allow normalcy to return to the campus and its environs.”
NANS also accused the Vice-Chancellor of refusing to heed all calls to come out and address the protesting students who were actually requesting for his presence at the protest ground.
It revealed that it was public knowledge that the students did not at any point in time during the cause of the protest engage in any form of ‘unbridled brigandage’ or of breaking any known law as put forward by the institution as a reason for their decision.
“At least, protest is an internationally recognised right and the students were still acting within the prism of their fundamental rights. Issues are very clear!”, It concluded.
Students of the institution demonstrated on Friday as a result of the death of Adesina Omowumi Aishat at the Seventh Day Adventist Hospital, Ile-Ife on Thursday.
The protesting students had alleged that the death of Aishat was due to negligence on the part of the staff at the University Health Centre.
Meanwhile, the institution through the school PRO, Abiodun Olanrewaju had earlier stated its own side of the story.
NYSC Deploys 1,500 Corps Members To Bauchi
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), says it has deployed 1,500 corps members for the 2021 Batch C, Stream 1 Orientation Course to Bauchi State.
Mr Aliyu Suleiman, the Spokesman of the scheme disclosed this to newsmen on Monday in Bauchi.
Suleiman said the orientation for the corps members would hold from Oct. 20 to Nov. 9, at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Wailo, in Ganjuwa Local Government Area of the state.
According to him, prospective corps members would only be allowed into the camp after being certified COVID-19 negative by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in compliance with COVID-19 protocols.
He said that any corps member who tested positive would be referred to the NCDC isolation centre outside the orientation camp for treatment, adding that only 200 persons would be registred per day.
“Registration dates have been assigned to all prospective corps members to avoid overcrowding.
“A total of 200 persons will be allowed for registration per day.
“Participants are advised to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 safety measures put in place by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the NCDC.
“Defaulters will be sanctioned in accordance with the NYSC bye laws,” he said.
Suleiman urged the corps members to be punctual, diligent and comply with the camp’s acceptable dress code, warning that defaulters would be sanctioned.
“Corps members are advised to strictly adhere to the camp accepted dress code, whether physical training kits with NYSC crested vest, khaki, trousers, jungle boots, customised stockings, face cap and belt or ceremonial dress.
“Negligence of the NYSC dressing code will not be tolerated,” he said.
He said that the number of corps members for Batch C, stream II had not been released from Abuja, but their registration would commence on Nov. 24 at the orientation camp.
Varsity Don Urges Alumni To Support Activities Geared Toward Positioning Former Institution
Prof Henry Imhonde, Dean, faculty of social sciences, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, has called on alumni of tertiary institutions to contribute and support activities geared towards positioning their former institutions of leaning in a manner that encourages brand recognition.
According to him, alumni associations are expected to keep improving the quality of life in the area of wealth creation, education and socio belief which according to him are the basic for human existence.
The university don made this known why speaking as guest lecturer at a one-day public lecture and award night as part of activities to climax the celebration of the one-week activities organised by members of Auchi Polytechnic Alumni Association, APAA, Benin chapter, on Saturday in Benin City.
Speaking on the tittle ‘make an impact’, Prof Imhonde said, the psychological wellbeing of any individual is geared towards satisfaction which may likely come as a result of positively impacted actions of aluminus of same higher school of learning.
According to him, life is all about complementing each other and not competing, stressing that this should be what alumni stands for.
“I hear your president said you guys have given jobs and necessary support to your members and that is the right way to go.
“You people have done well for organizing such event, you visited some secondary schools and spoke to the young ones. That which you have done is mentoring and defining positive pathways for the younger ones.”
The chapter president, Nosa Odia, noted that the one week event was strategically designed to bring to the public the importance of technologically-based education.
“Technologically-based education is about hand and brain for development which logically negates the continuous unrealistic hopes for white collar jobs.”
The event feature the award presentation to senior pastor of Omega Fire Ministries, Lagos. Rev. Fidelis Ayemoba, for exemplary leadership and immense contribution to the growth and welfare of members of the association and humanity.
Other who received awards are Prof. Monday Omoregie, Mr. Omoruyi Akpata, Bldr. Aloaye Emmanuel for exemplary leadership and immense contribution to the growth and welfare of members of the association and humanity.
The association also gave financial support to two final year students from the department of Building technology and Painting of the polytechnic to aid their smooth academic exercise.
ASUU Moves To Stop Govt Officials From Sending Children To School Abroad
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has called on the National Assembly to enact law that would stop government officials from sending their children abroad to study.
ASUU President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke who made the call on Thursday in Abuja at the reconvened meeting with the Federal Government, being conciliated by the Minister of Labour and Employment, said the officials must be compelled to enroll their children in Nigerian Universities.
According to him, making it compulsory for the public office holders to enroll their wards in public schools in Nigeria would force them to fix the challenges in public schools.
Osodeke said, “We are hoping that the government will make it mandatory that if you accept any government appointment, your children must attend universities in Nigeria.
“The National Assembly must formulate a law that if you take an appointment, your children must study in the country. If you know that your children cannot be here, then there should be no need to accept government appointments”.
Speaking on the 2022 budget, Prof Osodeke expressed disappointment, stating that the education sector has been totally neglected.
According to him, despite the outcries by the union, there was no change in the education budget.
“Look at the budget we have seen recently, it is exactly the same thing we have been seeing. Nothing has changed. And this country is paying the high price for neglecting education – the banditry you see, the kidnapping and what have you, is because people are not being taken care of.
“That is why ASUU has been struggling, so that public universities in the country will be revamped, so that as our children go outside for learning, other children from other countries will also come here for the same purpose too and pay to this country in hard currency,” he said.
DAILY POST reports that Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige said some of the request by the union were within the reach of the Federal Government, stressing that the public universities will not be abandoned.