BY TIMOTHY AGBOR, OSOGBO
The leadership of Students Union of Obafemi Awolowo University OAU, Ile-Ife, has pleaded with all aggrieved union bodies in the institution to end their rifts over the selection process of the new vice chancellor of the university Professor Taofiq Ayobami Salami.
Speaking with journalists at the university on Thursday, the spoke person of the students body, Mr Ajala Micheal said that the activities of all the unions in the university have truncated the academic calendar of the students.
Recall that the university branches of SSANU and NASU have since two weeks ago embarked on protests when Salami, who was the deputy VC (academics) to the outgoing VC, Prof. Bamitale Omole was announced as the new VC.
While SSANU and NASU held that the appointment did not follow due process, ASUU said they are in support of the new appointment.
But some aggrieved members of ASUU disagreed with their chairman, Dr. Caleb Aborisade over the new VC.
While Aborisade granted some newspapers interview saying that the selection process was free and fair, these concerned ASUU members berated him saying he had misrepresented the union.
In fact, the concerned members while addressing a press conference in Osogb, Osun state noted that the selection of the new VC was fraught with irregularities.
But the students union said they would not condone any of the university’s union antics that may affect their resumption for the new academic season scheduled to start on 26th June 2016.
The students’ union spoke person said: ” We do not have any candidate we are supporting. Our concern is that we can no longer accept a situation whereby our own academics will be stampeded by the activities of these unions. They said that a democratic process is what they want. Fine, it is their place and we are not against it.”
“We are tired of being made the proverbial grasses that suffered when two elephants fight. We want the crises among the unions to stop. We are willing to work with any candidate that emerge”.
“It must be mentioned that the resumption for a new academic session is already protracted as a result of the 56-days leave embarked by ASUU which have allowed our members to have an additional stay and an extension of resumption,”.
“It is obvious that our members (the Great Ife Students) are at the receiving end of all this labor strike actions and it not helping the reputation of our prestigious university”, he added.