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MINUTES OF THE EMERGENCY MEETING BETWEEN THE CENTRAL EXECUTIVES OF THE STUDENTS’ UNION AND EXECUTIVE MEMBERS OF THE ACJOAU IN THE STUDENTS’ UNION’S PRESIDENT OFFICE ON THE 24TH SEPTEMBER, 2015 AT 7:36 pm
-CEC MEMBERS OF SU
-ALSO in attendance was one Mr. Emmanuel( a member of the Students’ Union Press Committee)
The ACJ Executives were on their arrival at the Student Union building, ushered into a room and given an opening address by the PRO of the Union, Ojedokun Emmanuel, who briefed the ACJ Executives on the reason, nature and importance of the meeting which was to speak at length on burning issues and proffer solutions to problems.
The meeting officially began by exactly 7:36pm, with a low turnout of CEC members of the Students’ Union, save the President, Public Relations Officer, Sports Director, a press team member of the Union and four of the ACJ Executives.
The President of the Students’ Union apologized for the lateness of the commencement of the meeting slated to start by 6:30pm and urged the meeting to kick start with an opening prayer.
The Opening prayer was led by Omole Isaac, ACJ’s PRO, which was followed by the Union President’s welcome address. Introduction of all members present was done by both bodies. The President gave a prologue to the reason why the meeting was called which was for the members of ACJ to constantly, checkmate the Union and convey activities in a two-fold way: bringing the activities of the Union to the students and generating feedback. He emphasized the need for a good rapport with ACJ, not to compromise their stance whatsoever. He, however, maintained the need for a close rapport between the two agencies.
The Student Union President, Omotayo Akande made it clear that some clarifications be given on various matters:
– THE 1.8 MILLION NAIRA UNRATIFIED BUDGET
While the President, Omotayo Akande lamented the issue of media constraint, he complained how the media aspect of the union fumbled but every other thing pertaining to the union, functioning well in the right position.
He took time to justify his reasons for his own budget on phone calls, citing the fact that he had called past union leaders and verified from the records what past union leaders have used as their daily airtime recharge in their various tenures. He also admitted not having the right to decide for every union leader what must feature in their respective proposed budget while clearing the air that the budget was “proposed” and not yet ratified. He said the union run is fragile and promised to fix the issue.
The President stated that he presented this(Scholarship scheme) idea to every organization, personnel and cooperation they met but all their efforts resulted in disappointments. All this led to meeting Dr Fola Akinosun, a politician cum philanthropist who wanted some favors which were too extreme for the Union leaders to grant in exchange for the scholarship sponsorship. The CEC vehemently refused to do so, stating their position. Due to all the disappointments and Dr Fola Akinosun asking “too much favors” of wanting the details of students who failed PUTME be redirected to Foreign Links for re-admission and Omotayo Akande’s suspension; the CEC decided to pay for the 85 indigent students and helped over 20 students who couldn’t afford the late registration #2000 fee, register courses without paying the defaulting fine. He also said the Management supported the course and the recorded conversation at the Dr Fola Akinosun’s residence didn’t state any money was paid or collected.
The Union President, Omotayo Akande validated that a rape case was actually underground
involving Dr Fola Akinosun’s son and a fresh
female student of OAU and that if money had
been collected from Dr Fola Akinosun then they
won’t be able to accuse his son and moderate
the rape incident.
The President revealed how controversial the case
appeared since both individuals(boy and girl)
knew each other very well.
“Even after spending two days with the guy that
raped her, she took the 5 alive drink that was
used to entertain her,” the President concurred.
The President said that Dr Fola Akinosun didn’t
want his son paraded due to the cordial
relationship with himself and the president but
they agreed the case needed to be moderated
properly without any form of victimization from
any quarter. The Union President, fondly called TY,
made bold the assertion that Dr Fola Akinosun
was approached but he didn’t render any help
whatsoever, he just promised to help which
forced the CEC to swing into action. Hence,their
reply to the ACJ’s recent release which they
ascribed much kudos to.
1) REACTIONS: After speaking at length,
explaining his actions, the Student Union
President, Omotayo Akande gave ACJOAU
Executives a chance to react to the new insights
to the revelations.
The ACJ President, in person of Adebayo
Benjamin appreciated the gesture but he stood
behind his fact, which all Executive members of
the ACJ acceded to that the “Thank-You
message” sent on the behalf of the Association to
Dr Fola as appreciation with the response of
“much thanks” is enough proof that the man
sponsored the Scholarship scheme. Since no sane
person receives glory for what isn’t done. The
ACJ President said he must have read the text
before replying, since it was his direct contact. All
these, the members of the ACJ Executive Council
agreed to and expatiated further. Room was also
given for reactions from both sides and the ACJ
Executives stood to their facts, words and
objectivity which was well admired at the
meeting. In concluding the section, Omole Isaac,
ACJ’s PRO made bold the assertion that “the
onus of clarification lies on Dr. Fola Akinosun to
clear the union of the allegations against them.”
TRIP TO IKENNE,OGUN STATE:
The SU President notified the ACJ of its
condolence visit to the Awolowo family, to
sympathize the death of the late Hannah
Awolowo but later postponed the trip to the
following week to aid adequate preparation and
dissemination of the news to the right quarters.
He told the ACJ to come with three
STUDENT UNION PAPER:
The SU President also notified the ACJ of its
ambition to own a newspaper publication that will
feature news editions every two weeks for the
The Union announced their collaboration with NIIT
to provide ICT training at affordable rates to
students with certificates available. The Union
President, thereon explained that he was no fan of
capital projects or structures, which he termed
necessary but that he prefers developmental
programmes with certification which are capable
of adding value to Great Ife Students in order to
improve their lives. He cited that the NIIT training
seminar will take place in the coming semester, a
program that is said to last for 3 weeks.
FEE HIKE CAMPAIGN:
The Union president restated their commitment to
the fee hike, making a recourse to their
involvement in the last protest at the Osun State
Capital. He also stated other ways that are being
worked upon to revisit the hike and making the
The Union, under the aegis of the President, urged
for a good working relationship between the SU
and the ACJ. The President spoke on how both
bodies could be synergised to achieve laudable
dreams, an initiative which met nodding
approvals of all individuals present.
The meeting between both bodies finally came to
a close at about 9:30pm.
ACJ General Secretary
ACJ Public Relations Officer