By Oloworekende Adewale &
Pc. CoNnect Media informant
It has been an unbecoming drama recently concerning the Nigerian tertiary educations as universities are being shut. It has been seen by students and the public as unprecedented events as Nigerian universities are regularly been shut due to inadequate response and care to and for students welfare, students representative bodies suspended, victimisation of “conscious” students as it seems and consequently the regular head-on collision of the students’ union and university management of several schools
These have been some developments so far comprising the reaction of Great Ife Students Union, National Association of Nigerian students and other concerned students :
NANS REJECT MOVES TO SUBJUGATE UNILAG STUDENTS
“The future would have no pity for those men who, possesses the exceptional privilege, of being able to speak the words of truth to their oppressors, haven taken refuge in an attitude of passivity, or mute indifference and sometimes in cold complicity”. (frantz Fanon)
It is most unfortunate that rather than finding progressive prescriptions for demands of the agitating students, poor welfare and hike in price of commodities, the school management is scratching the issue on the head by portraying the students as custodians of exuberance and scapegoat of indiscipline, putting in place mechanisms to subdue and incapacitate the students from exercising their constitutional rights, not minding the root cause of indiscipline to be injustice and inequality.
The suspension of University of Lagos Student Union (ULSU) until further notice came to us in rude shock despite the submission of our position and recommendations to the investigative panel. We contend the suspension or banning of students union has never been and will never be the solution to proactive/vibrant unionism. We advice the management give up on effecting the suspension and other unrevealed plans to further victimize or intimidate the union officer to have opened up their poor academic, administrative and domestic welfare.
Compelling students to sign undertaking and indemnity form is laughable; students taking re-absorption oaths requires clarification. The taming tactics imbibe by the management reveals the underbelly as calculatedly designed to paralyze effective’s student agitations, clampdown student from their liberty and a capital disrespect of the young adulthood. We are to face this much, handcuff ourselves before law as we are expected to keep mute on the rots and maladies of our grate Akokite.
Gone are the days of “bread and butter” unionism, the current century cannot afford to breed a generation of youths who are merely academic geniuses but who are politically robots and ideological nonentities.
We demand the total reverse in suspension/dissolution of University of Lagos Student Union (ULSU).
We reject outrightly the signing of undertaking/ indemnity form and taking of re-absorption oath by any students.
We request a proper address of the students demands
We call for a resolution meeting with the management
It is in the interest of peace and progress; we like to plead to UNILAG management to desist from scratching their nose with the fangs of a viper.
Experience shows that fire burns! A goat does not bite except when push to the wall. Nigeria students shall not hesitate to mobilize to continually shut down activities of the institution until our demands are met. We however give a grace of 72hrs ultimatum for our demands to be granted (which elapse on Thursday 28th of April 2016) before we embark on our operation #SHUTDOWNUNILAG.
Comrade Sanusi Sulaimon
Chairman NANS/JCC Lagos axis
Cc VC UNILAG
Dean students Affairs UNILAG
DSS Lagos command
NPF Lagos HQR/ Area C command
Lagos house of assembly
OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY, ILE-IFE
United struggle of the oppressed
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DESPOTIC SHUT DOWN OF THE UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN IS PRIMITIVE AND UNACCEPTABLE
It is always the tactics of the oppressor to change the consciousness of the oppressed and not the situation which oppresses them
WE CONDEMN THE UNDEMOCRATIC SHUT DOWN OF THE UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN BY THE MANAGEMENT;WE DEMAND IMMEDIATE RE-OPENING
WE DEMAND IMMEDIATE AND UNCONDITIONAL REINSTATEMENT OF TUNJI EPETI AKA MOTE
FOR AN ORGANIZED RESISTIVE ACTION OF NIGERIAN STUDENTS AND WORKERS TO CHALLENGE THE IMPUNITIVE ATTACKS ON THE EDUCATION SECTOR.
It is with deep regrets that the Pacesetters Movement strongly repose a dauntless denunciation to the sudden and undemocratic shut down of the University of Ibadan by the despotic authorities of the institution. We condemn it as cruel, primitive and unbefitting of a 21st century academic environment. It is a tactless action that questions the position of the university as one of the purported ivory of intellectualism and critical criticism.
The administrators of Nigerian Universities are by no gain saying, anti-students and self-centered bodies who have inculcated an unusual penchant for clamming down on students rather than acceding to their demands. With the innumerable atrocious happenings on Nigerian campuses, there is no fathoming the embarrassing extent in which various university authorities would be willing to go in a greedy pursuit of their self-serving profit and associated vicious aims.
While we commend the independent actions of various Students’ Unions, it is however worthy of note that only organized action of Unions in the education sector (Students’ Unions, NANS, ASUU, SSANU NASU AND NAAT) can put a glorious end to the organized greed and neoliberal attacks of repressive government and high-handed University administrations.
We hereby further call on NANS, ASUU, NASU, SSANU AND STUDENTS’ UNIONS to further mobilize immensely against the prevailing attacks on the education sector and to intensively campaign for the probe and prosecutions of corrupt university administrators.
On this note, we further reaffirm our demand for immediate reopening of the University of Ibadan, improved living and learning conditions in the institution and unconditional reinstatement of Tunji Epeti.
SIGNED: COMRADE TROTSKY,
FROM GREAT IFE STUDENTS’ UNION
The academic environment of the Ife varsity at this point is graced with break and also preparations and anticipation of the arrival of fresh bloods whom we hold the collective responsibility to prevent from being devoured.
It’s no longer news that payment of fees for all students and online screening for freshers is ongoing. Notwithstanding, the challenges being faced by students through the new system is not alien to us as we’ve been doing all within our best to ensure ease for all of us.
AND TO OUR BROTHERS OUT THERE
The oppression and show of suppression being experienced by several students union across board in the nation as of present is not alien to us. We as one of these bodies see this as a collective struggle which can achieve victory through an all inclusive movement.
We solidarize with the UNILAG movement, UNIBADAN movement and other unions clawed within teeth as of the moment.
The suspension of MOTE, proscription of the ULSU, closure of UI, AAUA and UNIPORT alongside killings among others is a call to awaken students’ consciousness in the nation which we are ready to be a vanguard of.
We solidarize with this movements and applaud every sincere intervention.
Together We Can
Chief Security Officer
“REACTION TRAILS INCESSANT SUSPENSION OF UNION ACTIVITIES BY SCHOOL MANAGEMENTS’
By; Oye Ola Oladimeji
Recently, the management of the University of Lagos suspended the constitution of the university’s students union translating to proscription in the process while the management of Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife sometime in November also suspended the activities of Great Ife students union after a peaceful protest about poor welfarism. In the same vein the management of the University of Ibadan suspended a student activist for being part of peaceful protest on poor power supply. In view of this, OAU Sniper News sampled the opinion of students about this development.
Leading the contributions, Temmy Gista a popular student activist from the University of Ibadan said he believes suspension of union activities and incarceration of activists is the suppression of the voice of truth and also the gagging of the voice of wisdom. He however suggested that students’ unions must unite to fight the current dangerous trend through a massive nationwide protest since NANS has failed Nigerian students in his generational responsibility.
In his own opinion, Comrade Fakiyesi Samuel, a law graduate from Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife and Convener of Patriots for Societal Renewal (PFSR) condemn the tyrannical shut down of higher institutions which he assert that it has led to the decline in Nigeria’s educational system. He further lament on the gagging and unwarranted militarization of institutions of learning in the country.
Also speaking, Moshood Odunayo Olajide, the Convener of OAU Wikileaks and former PRO, OAU students union security committee suggested that student leaders across the country should commence national public campaign cutting across the media, Nigerian campuses and geared towards pressurizing National Assembly members to review the Students union regulations bill with emphasis of amendment on criminalising the suspension or proscription students unions in the country.
Contributing to the matter, Matayaski, an OAU Alumnus advise students to find convincing ways of talking the “human” out of school managements as these situations are reflective of our democracy. In his words, he said “the problem is from the government and students’ leaders must be cautious and go the extra mile to amend the appalling situations as it will be fallacious to believe all Vice Chancellors are wicked, why not find a reasonable way of aggregating their opinion with yours instead of mounting struggles and ranting around campuses?”
Mr. Osondu Ottah, an alumnus of University of Ibadan in his own opinion suggests that students activist should device another means of fighting oppression other than the normal protest; He therefore urged Nigerian students to embrace the usage of the Internet and digital media to drive home their demands from school authorities, citing the Arab Spring uprise as a typical example.
However, Miss Motunrayo from the Department of English in OAU vow never to support student unionism. Hear her lamenting, “I will never be in support of any student union government in Nigeria, they come to you pleading for votes and end up disappointing. They all believe protest will solve simple problems. They complain about power supply and water supply and yet they don’t obey simple rules laid out by the management. For instance in OAU, we all know using hotplates is illegal but we continue to make use of it thus, causing a lot of damage to the power plant. So, when there is no power supply, you hear them complaining about the Vice Chancellor. We complain about dirty environment, when in reality, a lot of students lack proper hygiene. Who is littering the Halls of residence? The VC? Some students can’t make good use of anything.
All they do is heaping blames on Omole. Coming to the students union, they are just a bunch of hypocrites. They make noises that can never be heard”.
Comrade Omole Ibukun, a former parliamentarian of the Union and Secretary of Education Rights Campaign however see all the issues majorly a problem of passiveness of the leadership of the student movement, and that it can only be solved when resolute students start approaching political issues from an ideological perspective, and not from scholastic or opportunistic perspectives while Durodola Abiola a student of Obafemi Awolowo University, however believes that, it is not that students struggles are fruitless, but the problem being that our so called university dons believe they can disintegrate students if the school is shut down. And they also believe in the principle of ‘hit the Shepherd and the sheep will scatter’. They go on in suspending union activists and students will be divided. He further opined a better system where rule of law exist and students can question the Vice Chancellor without any fear of being victimized which is what can change the status quo.
Oye Ola Oladimeji Is A 200L Student Of Sociology & Anthropology Department At The Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria.
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I CRY😭COS OF THE SYSTEM I FIND MYSELF *
I used to think that we have the rights to freedom of speech and freedom of association,
And I used to think that our leaders did really care,
Or perhaps listen to our pleas,
But the fact remains that those persons at
the helms of affairs do not really care About us.
They see us as being tantamount to nothing,
They don’t really care about us…
I was born into a system
Replete of corruption, dishonesty, neglect, lies , and all forms of vices.
A system whereby our Senators are “Sinnators” and money usurpers,
And where our reps rep their pockets and
Not their constituencies,
… Where ministers are “Mini-Robbers”, and “Mean Mrs and misses” who do not care about the
Plight of the people..
I look at the bedrock of learning,
It’s being turned Into a “Zombie Republic”,
Where we are persecuted and prosecuted for clamoring for our rights,
University management spank via the instrumentalities of Rustication, suspension, expulsion, closure of school, and victimization.
first the trend of school closure started in OAU, moved to Uniport, TO AAUA, Unilag and now Unibadan.
Suspension of students have even reigned supreme in Universities based on
Clamors and struggles for better welfare and a better system…
Those Profs and Docs where part of the same persons that enjoyed standard tertiary education system,
Now, that same system is whack
IN fact, I think they are “playing kite” with our future…
My friend, “Lanre” was said, “we should stop the taking without actions, but start acting in support of talks(talking)…
I fink it is high time
We started acting,
It’s high time we demanded what is right,
Let’s raise our voices in Unison,
And execute right actions in accordance and consonance.
The present, May be quite bleak,
But we can change the future…
The truth is I CRY, weep, seeing the anomalies, irregularities and vices in the system…
TO NIGERIAN YOUTHS, FELLOW STUDENTS IN TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS IN NIGERIA.
In other jokes made by students on the situation:
Unilorin(waiting 4 d stupid students to voice out)
Oau. (Sabatical leave)
But why? 😂😂😂
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