By Adejumo Kabir
Barely a month to the commencement of the examination in Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, 100 and 200 level students are yet to receive their identity cards which are creating tension among the students.
Ife City News finding established that apart from the delay in the release of the identity cards for fresh students, returning students are carrying expired identity cards which on many occasions have denied them academic privileges and opportunities.
Retuning students in senior classes are carrying expired identity cards with its validation period expired since October, a situation that has resulted to assault and harassment by security personnel both on campus and off campus.
“It even becomes bothersome when staff of the university who are also aware of this fact, still deliberately disturb students for means of identification at examination centres, practical classe amon others. It affects the Direct Entry students more with a situation where majority of their course mates bears identity cards, though expired”, Samuel Dunsi, a student of Department of Computer Science, told our correspondent on Monday
OAUI students who spoke with our reporter decried the situation which according that is denying several academic opportunities
Segun Ibirogba, a 200 level students said his parents at home did not know the colour of the university ID card or what it looks like because he was never given in 100 level as a fresh student.
“I am almost done with 200 level and I don’t even have 100 level ID card. My parents did not know what our university ID card looks like. I have been denied of many opportunities.”
Means identification is one of the substantial requirement for entry into different, competitions, scholarships, grants among others.
“Students who seek financial assistance from foreign organizations, requires a valid student identity cards and failure to produce that leads to denial and at the event of presenting an expired identity card, it can be equated to a criminal offence as contained in the constitution of the land”, Funke Adeosun a Faculty of Law student said.
However, Dean of Students Affairs, Professor Isiaka Aransi, when contacted responded that he would get back after a meeting he was attending. The Dean is yet to call back as at the time of filing this report.
The OAU example is a window to what is obtained in other schools as it would be recalled that when the students of University of Ibadan protested over delay in release of identification cards, the institution management suspended the union a