The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan (UI), Prof. Idowu Olayinka, has said that it is unacceptable for the Students’ Union Body of the institution to refer to members of the University Senate as pot-bellied.
He disclosed this in reaction to the suspension of Ojo Aderemi, the former Students’ Union President of the university that was rusticated for leading a protest in 2017.
The University if Ibadan (UI) Students Union Government was suspended in 2017, following a peaceful protest by the students to demand for the identity cards that were duly paid for.
In his response, the VC claimed that since the suspension of the Students’ Union, the University has been very peaceful.
Ever since the suspension of Aderemi, the institution has come under serious criticism. The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL) criticized the University management for its decision to rusticate Aderemi for four semesters.
During the period of the protest and suspension of the SUG President, Oyo state Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, also allegedly threatened to kill students if they embarked on any protest but the University VC never reacted to the threat against the students.
The VC, while responding to this, however, gave a history of how students’ union leaders have been while querying the importance of the student body.
“I received a WhatsApp message overnight from a student of the University of Ibadan asking for restoration of the Students’ Union and my response was that I have no personal problem about restoring the union.
“I am being honest with you here. The problem I have is the disruptive nature and this has a very long story.
“We have been having relative peace with student activism since the suspension of the Union activities at the end of May 2017. Ironically, efforts are on to improve the welfare of students. Many of the Halls of Residence now wear a new look, although this is still work in progress,” the VC stated.