By Adejumo Kabir
The Dean, Division of Students Affair, Obafemi Awolowo University Ile- Ife, Professor (Mrs.) Grace Akinola has admonished the Students Union leaders to shun cultism and any other conduct that can tarnish the image of the university.
The dean disclosed this while delivering her welcome address during the inauguration of the newly elected student union officials of Hall executive Council (HEC), Students Representative Council (SRC) and Central Executive Council on the 6th of march 2017.
Akinola, a senior lecturer from the department of Management and Accounting said “I enjoin the students union leaders to support the management, the Acting Vice Chancellor is so much interested in students’ Union that is alive,
“when we came on board, we discussed on the need to give students their voice and on the 28th of October, the Registrar of the university signed a release that the management have lifted ban on the students union, when we asked for two representatives from each faculties, some students thought otherwise and on the 11th of February election started properly and today we have a consyitutionally consitutetd students union
She advised the union leaders not to betray the trust their colleagues possed on them to elect them as leaders and strongly warned against cultism as the university is known to have zero tolerance for such.
The President of the union, Oyekan Ibukun assured the university that the union will cooperate with the management and collectively see to the better welfare of students on university.
Other Union executives are Emerald Tosin, Vice President, Adeoluwa Boluwajaiye, Secretary General, Oyebanjo Seun, Assistant Secretary General, Okediji Simon, Public Relations Officer, Omisakin Kehinde, Financial Secretary, Ajiboye Adekanmi, Welfare Director, Adebayo Afolabi, Director of Socials and Adewumi Micheal, Sport Director
It would be recalled that the activities of OAU students union was suspended by Professor Bamitale Omole, former Vice Chancellor in 2015, after a peaceful protest over poor welfare of the students .
The students union leaders were were alleged to have disruptted Professor Y. K. Yussuf’s class, a professor of department of English and the union was then suspended.