By Adejumo Kabir
The management of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile – Ife has threatened to proscribe the Students’ Union if they continue to paint the university in bad light.
Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede warned the students’ union leaders at a closed door meeting held with the Central Executive Council, Students Representative Council of the union and members of the Association of Campus Journalists.
Ogunbodede expressed displeasure over the recent happening among the union officers on Sunday.
Ogunbodede who was a three time parliamentarian during his period as a student on campus said the union has brought shame to the university at large.
He said “If the president of the union cannot control his executives, how then can he control the entire students? I am not under any threat as Vice Chancellor of the university whether we have students union or not.
“We want a radical union not louts. I was pleased when the SRC members told the university they want to go to Abuja, we approved it and I was impressed when I saw that their placards were for the demand of proper funding of education.
“ This is the kind of union we want and not a breaking bottle union. We give you this platform to be the leaders of tomorrow. I ordered the president of the union to endorse their travel to Abuja. We even monitor their trip to make sure they got there and return safely. I feel passionate about the union but you are driving us to a place where we don’t want to take the union to.
“That’s is why I called for this meeting, talk to ourselves. We want union that can charge the institution for the right cause not a dubious students union that fight over every fund disbursement. When there was rift the between the Vice President of the union and the Director of Social, we suspended the duo. We are not scared of proscribing the union, it has been done over and over again. The technology to do it is there. It has been done several times and I have witnessed every occasion of proscription.”
He emphasized that the university is for learning and culture and encouraged students to abide by the principle.
“You have handed over your union to management and you have given us every opportunities to proscribe the union. Don’t give us the opportunity to proscribe the union. Don’t give us the opportunity to proscribe union and work with the faculties. If anybody is expelled for violence, I can state it here they won’t be able to come here again. You should fight for the welfare of your colleagues.”
On the issue of the suspended students, the vice chancellor promised to looking into matter saying the panel handling the Vice president and the Director of Social established that they truly fought.
Reading other suspended students, Ogunbodede said “the matter has gone beyond what the public know. When police finish their investigation, we will know what to do but let me reiterates that we are not scared of proscribing the students union if you don’t stop soiling the name the university.”
Responding, Okediji Simon, the union PRO the Secretary General; Boluwajaiye Adeoluwa promised the university principal officers that they will settle amicably and restore normalcy to campus
“We appreciate the fatherly care of the Vice Chancellor and other Principal Officers. I can assure you that we shall meet ourselves to settle to our differences”.
The meeting have in attendance the Registrar of the university; Dotun Awoyemi, the Public Relations Officer; Abiodun Olanrewaju and Chief Security Officer ; Babatunde Oyatokun among others.