By Adejumo Kabir
Former student leaders in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile- Ife have challenged the university students union leaders to be committed to the welfare of the students and sustain the enduring legacy of the union.
Former union Presidents, Comrade Ola Akinwumi Revolution, Ola Diamond and former Speaker of the Student Parliament , Adodo Destiny admonished the students union leaders at the ongoing SU orientation programme for the fresher organised by the Office of the Vice President.
Akinwumi described OAU student union as a leading light in student activism in Nigeria and encouraged the present leaders to sustain the trend through discipline, accountability and constructive engagement of authorities.
According to him, the primary objective of the student union is to at all-time fight for the right of their members by ensuring better teaching and learning environment and stand firm against any form of exploitation.
Also, a Former student activist, Comrade Wale Eleto urged the student to develop themselves intellectually and build capacity to chart a better curse for the students adding that the strength of OAU SU is intellectual supremacy.
Eleto who lamented degeneracy in student movement urged the present OAU students leaders to always organise themselves through congresses and discourage selfish interest in the discharge of their responsibility.
Ola Diamond in his address advised the students to promote universal democratic value which is the spirit of OAU SU and urged them to resist dissolution of the union henceforth saying “ OAU SU is not a cube of sugar that could be dissolved any how”.
The programme has in attendance the representatives of the Division of Students’ Affairs .
Responding, OAU SU President, Oyekan Ibukun appreciated the former union leaders for leaving their places of work to grace the orientation programme and also promised to represent the interest of all students at all time.