UI

Following the closure of the University of Ibadan campus last week, the University Senate Comittee held its meeting yesterday, Tuesday 3rd May 2016 to decide on a date for resumption of school activities. The outcome of the meeting however was to postpone announcement of the date for resumption until the Governing Council meeting on May 16.

After students and members of the South West National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) began last week’s protest of the Students Disciplinary Council’s decision to rusticate a student by one semester, the University Council ordered students to leave the campus indefinitely. The date for resumption which should have been decided on Tuesday has now been postponed until the Governing Council meets on the case of the rusticated student which will take place on the 16th of May.

The UI Student Union body however view this move as an attempt to dampen student’s spirits by keeping them at home long enough for them to abandon their protests and in order for them to lose interest in engaging in further agitation if the council’s decision does not revoke the student’s rustication.

In a broadcast message being circulated and signed by the SU’s PRO, Ayantola Alayande, the union urged students to remain strong in their resolve and fight despite all the odds.

“Whether resumption is now or later, we shall continue with our agitation if Mote is not freed. As we remain optimistic still, we urge everyone not to allow anything such as this to disunite us. Let us continue to raise our voice against injustice. Let the countdown begin”, the message stated.

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