By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The Vice-Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede has inaugurated the Students Electoral Commission and Students Electoral Petition Commission.
To this end, Ogunbodede tasked the Division of Students’ Affairs to set in motion concrete steps to achieve installation of vibrant and more articulate students unionism.
This was contained in a release by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Abiodun Olarewaju, a copy of which was obtained by Western Post in Osogbo on Tuesday.
The Vice-Chancellor who reiterated his avowed commitment and pragmatic demonstration of his administration’s determination to fully reinstate students’ unionism on OAU Campus, urged the students to see unionism as an incubating stage of socio-political leadership where they could learn rudiments of how the people, states and nations are governed.
He, therefore, charged the Dean of Students Affairs, to do all within his power to sensitise the generality of students on the need to see and nurture the union without any rancour.
Dean of Students Affairs, Prof. Isiaka Aransi, advised the students not to be confrontational and aluta-focused in their approach, rather, they should employ constructive engagement and dialogue to resolve issues with the management.
He stated that OAU students activists should emulate their counterparts in developed world where student leaders engage management in dialogue to meet the academic and welfare needs of fellow students.
This, according to him, is done through the unions investment drives, provision of scholarships, work and study programmes, among others.
Highlighting the essence of the inauguration of the two electoral bodies, Aransi, stated that the expectation of the University community is for the Electoral Commission to conduct free, fair and credible elections while the Electoral Petition Commission is to handle all complaints arising from the election, with high sense of duty and decency, without fear or favour.
Present at the occasion were the Deans of faculties, students across departments and members of the University community.