By Adejumo Kabir
The Dean of Students’ Affairs, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Professor (Mrs) Grace Akinola has been accused of disturbing easy access of fresh students to their various hall of residence by group of students.
The students, under the aegis of Concerned Great Ife Students, in an open petition to the Vice Chancellor of the university alleged Professor Akinola of acting in a manner that may cause crisis on campus.
According to the petition, the group alleged that on April 30, 2017,the DSA ordered that the fresh students must not moving into the hall of residence with their parents who may acompny them to the university.
Concern student s in the petition said the DSA order was suspicious and strong indication to prevent students’ parents from seeing the deplorable state of the hostels.
Part of the petition reads: “It requires just common sense to conclude that parents need to assist their wards with their luggage and also know where their children will be residing, but DSA order is understandable, considering the ridiculous conditions of the hall of residence”.
When contacted by IFE CITY NEWS, the DSA dismissed the allegation saying those making such allegation are not real student of Obafemi Awolowo University.
She said the university is known for learning and culture and that the procedure of the institution demands that who so ever coming into the hall of residence must undergo through check.
Professor Akinola said “a students is moving into the hall of residence with big load and was asked to bring down the load for thorough checking but some set of people who could not be identified as our students came to question me for making such order. I asked them who they were, I requested for their student Identity Card but they could not provide any means of identification.”
“They even wanted to beat me up and it was at that point I called on security around to call them to order, they even exhibited violent with the security men, It was later they said they are concerned great Ife Students and they are protecting peoples’ right. If they are protecting peoples right, must they be violent? DSA asked.