OAU PG Students Accuse Management Of Dismissing Colleagues

Filed in News by on November 17, 2017

•VC: we’ll resolve issue

Some postgraduate students of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) at Ile-Ife in Osun State have accused the management of victimisation.

Addressing reporters at the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Osogbo, Osun State capital, leader of the students Andrew Segun Oguma said four members of the students’ committee who spearheaded the agitation against an alleged exploitation were terminated on the excuse of late payment of their last semester tuition fees.

According to them, while other students, who had not paid ay their school fees were given till December to do so, members of the committee were dismissed.

The students noted that despite several meetings and apology letters to the management and the PG College, the Provost of the College, Prof. Gbenga Alebiowu, insisted that “the apologies were not in conformity with his dictates”.

They said: “The postgraduate students, on two different occasions, (aside other countless individual attempts) met with the provost of the college in interactive sessions within the hall of residence to extensively discuss our challenges.

“After series of communications with the provost, which all proved abortive, an official letter on our demands, dated September 12, was sent to the vice chancellor and this was also ignored.

“On September 26, there was a meeting of postgraduate students’ committee and the provost, which ended in a stalemate. Yet, he requested that the matter be rerouted and addressed to his office, rather than through the vice chancellor.

“On September 27, postgraduate students collectively submitted the requested letter to the provost with a week timeline for response. During the one-week timeline, the responses we got were decision extract that addressed nothing in our requests but put the students in more frustrating conditions.

“Directives were tailored towards putting undue pressure on students by compelling them to pay all outstanding fees, else the termination of studentship; termination of four committee members studentship among whom are students who have done final oral examination and another who the Senate had sat on his result.

“All this response emerged just because we appealed that students should no longer be charged fees after the final oral examination.

“Putting all of these efforts together, it is glaring that we, postgraduate students, have exhausted all meaningful internal mechanisms which have unfortunately yielded no positive result.

“However, it has become a truth that the provost is not ready to critically consider our demands nor yield to appeals coming from different quarters but hell-bent on ensuring that students are continually exploited and made to unsparingly suffer.”

Contacted, Prof. Alebiowu refused to comment on the matter.

He advised our correspondent to speak with the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the university.

Also, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, in a text message on the matter, said: “Sorry, I am presently outside the country attending a summit on higher education. The termination was because the students did not pay their fees and were also insulting.

“However, the issue is now being resolved as the students have written a letter of apology. The PG College board will meet next week.”


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