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OAU inaugurates students’ union executives after six months

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The authorities of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile -Ife, have, on Tuesday, inaugurated the new students’ union executives for the 2021/2022 parliamentary session.

The new union executives were sworn in by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, at the Afrika Amphi Theatre of the university. The swearing-in also had in attendance the Public Relations Officer of the university, Mr Abiodun Olanrewaju; the Dean of Student Affairs, Professor Isiaka Aransi and other officials of the university.

The Students’ Union had its elections in September 2021 after the lifting of a four-year ban placed on it since 2017 by the authorities of the university.

The management has finally inaugurated members of the Central Executive Council, Students’ Representatives and Hall Executives six months after the union elections.

The sworn-in members of the central executive council include the President of the union, Olayiwola Folahan Festus; Vice President, Aworanti Salvation Grace; Secretary-General, Odewale Samuel Damilare;  Assistant Secretary-General, Abdul Ganiyu Ismail Shina; Public Relations Officer, Ogunperi Taofeek Olalekan; Director of Socials, Adeboye Olamilekan Yakub; Director of Sports, Ogundana Ayotunde; Financial Secretary, Oluwasegun Abiola Joy; and the Welfare Officer, Dada Arafat Modupe.

A union officer, Sumbade, who spoke with The Punch correspondent, said the inauguration had been long overdue and that the spirit of unionism had been weakened over time.

“The union executives actually played into the vice chancellor’s hand and that is why he did not swear them in on time”, the parliamentarian said.

The PRO of the students’ union, Ogunperi Taofeek, confirmed the inauguration to The PUNCH.

He noted that they have been eventually inaugurated as students’ union officers for over six months. He linked the delay of the inauguration to the protest that was held in October after the union election.

“It took us well over six months and this is unconnected from the protest that took place a month after our election.

“As a PRO and as an officer of the union, I’m not so happy because we had planned what we wanted to execute,” Taofeek said to The PUNCH.

On her part, the Vice President of the union, Aworanti Salvation, said the inauguration seems far but we are here and maybe stronger.

“Well, the inauguration seems too far, but alas, we are here and maybe stronger.

“Of course, long overdue, it’s over six months and then we had to put things to place considering the fact that the students gave us their legitimacy to be their leaders and help amplify their voices,” Salvation said.

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ASUU to hold emergency meeting tomorrow over suspension of strike

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ABUJA-THE striking Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, will convene emergency National Executive Council, NEC meeting on Thursday, to review recent developments, especially the positive response from the federal government to its demands.

Preparatory to the meeting expected to take place at its headquarters in Abuja,the union has directed its zonal branches to collate the views of members through vote during the meetings expected to hold tomorrow in its various zones across the country.

The outcome of the meeting would result in suspension of the strike on late Thursday or Friday morning.

This came as report had emerge in the social media space earlier on Tuesday, claiming that the union had called off the almost 8-month old strike and subsequently directed members to resume academic activities on October 17.

ASUU president, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, while responding to enquiry to that effect, dismissed the report, saying the strike was yet to be suspended.

He, however,said the union was working towards the suspension of the action, saying the action would be dependent on the views of members from the zonal meetings.

The latest action of the lecturers’union came following the intervention of the Speaker of the House of Representatives,Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila.

The Speaker had on Monday,after a meeting with ASUU president and other members,assured that the strike would be suspended very soon, saying his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari over the union’s action was fruitful.

Earlier,human rights lawyer and counsel to ASUU,Femi Falana,SAN, had also said the union would soon call off its nearly eight-month old strike.

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We’re hopeful of end to strike in few days, says ASUU

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PRESIDENT of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Emmanuel Osodeke, said yesterday the union was optimistic of ending its strike soon, noting that for the first time, there is light at the end of the tunnel

It will be recalled that the Appeal Court had last Friday, ordered the union to ask its members to return to work within, after it (union) appealed an early order by the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, NICN, to resume.

Osodeke, spoke yesterday at a meeting with the leadership of the House of Representatives, whose speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, and his team recently intervened in the disadreement between the federal government and the union on the strike which had been on for eight months.

He said: “Please, let all of us work together to put a beautiful end to this thing we have started, so that every Nigerian will be proud that we have universities we can be proud of.

“Once again, I want to thank you, I also extend our appreciation to the president for intervening, I want to appeal that in the future, we should not allow strike to linger. Strike should not go beyond two days.

“If the way the National Assembly has intervened, if we had done that long ago, or those in charge of labour and education had done exactly this, we would not be where we are today. We would not have stayed more than two or three weeks on this strike. There is strike all over the world, UK, US, all over, but they don’t allow it to last.

“So, once again, thank you very much and we hope that working together, in the next few days, we can put an end to this particular imbroglio in the Nigerian educational system.”

The meeting was called at the instance of the speaker to brief the union about the intervention of the House with President Muhammadu Buhari on the strike.

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UNILAG appoints new bursar

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The Governing Council of the University of Lagos has appointed Mrs Oluwafunmilayo Adekunle as the new Bursar of the university.

Adekunle’s five-year tenure as the bursar of the institution will commence from Thursday, November 3, 2022.

This is contained in a statement released by the Communication Unit of UNILAG on Thursday.

The statement read, “The Governing Council of the University of Lagos, at its meeting on Thursday, October 6, 2022, approved the appointment of Mrs. Oluwafunmilayo Yetunde Adekunle as the new Bursar of the University.

“Her tenure is for five (5) years with effect from Thursday, November 3, 2022.

“Mrs. Adekunle until her appointment was Deputy Bursar, Treasury. She joined the services of the University in 2005.

“She holds Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Accounting from the University of Lagos. She is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).

“Mrs. Oluwafunmilayo Yetunde Adekunle takes over from the current Bursar, Dr. Lekan Lawal, whose tenure ends on Wednesday, November 2, 2022.”

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