The Vice-Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede has inaugurated the Students’ Electoral Commission and the Students’ Electoral Petition Commission in fulfilment of his promise to reinstate students unionism in the institution.
It will be recalled that the students union body of the institution was proscribed four years ago on grounds of security.
However, following the inauguration of the Students’ Union Electoral and Petition Commission, Ogunbodede, through the spokesman of the school, Abiodun Olanrewaju, mandated the Division of Students Affairs to set in motion concrete steps to achieve the installation of vibrant and more articulate students’ unionism.
He also charged the Dean of Students Affairs, Prof. Isiaka Aransi, to sensitise the students on the need to see and nurture the union without rancour.
He however admonished 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.
The Dean of Students Affairs, Isiaka Aransi, while speaking, also said OAU students’ activists should emulate their counterparts in the developed world who engage management in dialogue to meet the academic and welfare needs of fellow students.
This, according to him, is done through the union investment drives, provision of scholarship, work and study programmes, among others.
Speaking on the two electoral bodies, Aransi said the expectation of the university community was 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 a high sense of duty and decency, without fear or favour.