By Adejumo Kabir
Delegates of Great Ife Students Union Parliamentarians visited the National Assembly, Abuja on 31st October 2017.
The delegates led by the Speaker of the Parliament, Hon Falayi Temitope avail themselves at the National Assembly Complex located in the Three Arm Zone of the Federal Capital Territory Abuja.
The visitation spearheaded by the Summit Committee headed by Hon. Olawuni Tobi observed proceedings at the Senate chambers and the House of Representatives.
During the Plenary session, Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of the Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara recognized and welcomed Parliamentarians from Great Ife students representative council with the Deputy Speaker , Hon. Yusuf Sulaiman Lasun giving a special recognition to all delegates being an alumnus of the institution and thanked them all for the short visitation.
The Speaker of OAU Parliament Hon. Falayi Temitope said the visitation is to address major issues affecting the general masses of Nigerian students stressing the fact that the educational sector has lost its course over the years and further urged the Joint Session of the National Assembly, most importantly , the senate and House of Representative committees on Appropriation to see to the increase in the allocation for educational sector to a minimum of 26% recommendation of UNESCO.
The speaker said proper funding will bring an end to social and economic unrest among Staff Unions such as ASUU, NASU and Students’ Union.
He added that a new trend has become the order of the day in campuses all over the country as Vice Chancellors, Rectors and Provosts of higher institutions are being dictatorial and tyrannical for suspension and expulsion of students who are on peaceful demonstration over poor welfare condition.
The student parliamentarians however demanded unconditional reinstatement of all suspended and expelled students in all campuses with immediate effect.
The delegates also visited top lawmakers at the national assembly including Senator Babajide Omoworare representing Osun East Constituency.
Addressing the delegates, Senator Omoworare expressed displeasure concerning the suspended students and promised to try his best to get them reinstated.
He advised the delegates to take their studies seriously and add value to the society at large.
The delegates have also booked to have an inter-parliamentary sitting with the Students Representative Council at the University of Abuja , Gwagwalada, Federal Capital Territory before they return to Ife.