A team comprising of 4 leaders of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) from Zone D have met with the management of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife to discuss the fate of the suspended students’ union leaders and union activities.
According to TheNation, the team was led by zonal coordinator, Comrade Lukman Adekitan, they were received by the Vice-Chancellor (VC), Prof Eyitope Ogunbodede, and other principal officials
The leader of the team, Lukman, was reported to have explained that the meeting focused on reconciling the management and students, with the aim of facilitating the restoration of union activities in the school. He added that NANS pleaded with the school management to recall the students’ leaders suspended last year. He revealed that the meeting yielded positive results and a number of agreements were reached with the school management.
He was quoted to have said “As NANS leaders in the Southwest, we have responsibility to facilitate reconciliation between students’ leaders and their schools’ management. The objective of this meeting with the OAU management is to settle the differences on ground and pave the way for the reopening of the school portal.
“We urged the management of the school to reinstate students’ leaders that were suspended and restore unionism unconditionally as socio-political tensions on ground diminish to the minimum.”
Though, Prof Isiaka Aransi, the Dean of Students’ Affairs (DSA), who confirmed the meeting between the management and NANS leaders, said “no agreement” was made.
But the Chief Security Officer, Mr Babatunde Oyatokun, who was also at the meeting said: “About five of them (NANS leaders) came and we all had a meeting in the Vice-Chancellor’s office. Everything we discussed had to do with the issues of reinstatement of students’ union activities. We also discussed how the suspended students could be reinstated.
“Management is working on the reinstatement of the students, but if the students would comport themselves when they are reinstated. The VC made it clear to NANS members that before the reinstatement process starts, the affected students must stop all the subversive publications that they are putting on the internet. It is when they stop this that the management will know that they are ready for reinstatement.”