The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Zone D, has condemned the ‘reckless’ closure of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, by the Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede-led management and demanded the re-opening of the institution as a matter of urgency and necessity so that students can continue their exams.
Even as it revealed that its Zonal leadership will shift its secretariat to the University campus gate till the VC reverses the decision, the NANS Zone D threatened to seek for the resignation of the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede.
They also called on university students and all student union bodies across the South West to mobilize in large numbers on Saturday for a showdown until the management reverses its decision, adding that they will be calling for the removal of the University Vice-Chancellor at that location and will be mobilized in large numbers.
In a joint press statement, Kowe Odunayo Amos, Coordinator, NANS Zone D, and Giwa Yisa Temitope, Secretary-General, NANS Zone D, characterized the institution’s decision to close the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ile-Ife, Osun State, as “very immature and primitive.”
This is even as it demanded an immediate reversal of the decision by the management to close the institution which it claimed was draconian, hasty and unnecessary.
While describing the decision by the management to close down the institution as expected, NANS expressed disappointment at the institution’s management for doing it in response to students’ agitation over the death of Adesina Omowumi Aishat, a Part 4 student of the Department of Foreign Languages who died as a result of negligence by health workers at the University Health Centre.
According to the press statement, “As an association, we find it appalling that the University management could go to the extent of twisting the narrative by saying that she was adequately treated. Meanwhile, reverse was the case.
“It is on good record that the helpless student was abandoned and was certified brought-in-dead at Seventh Day Hospital, Mayfair for treatment where she gave up the ghost.
“But the management in their characteristic manner had to lie that she was promptly treated of severe infection (which they could not even name). The fact that the management could not name the ‘severe infection’ is a testament to the fact that they lied.
“As against the content of the 4th paragraph of the circular that was issued by the University management, there was no attempt by the University management “to call the students to order and allow normalcy to return to the campus and its environs.”
NANS also accused the Vice-Chancellor of refusing to heed all calls to come out and address the protesting students who were actually requesting for his presence at the protest ground.
It revealed that it was public knowledge that the students did not at any point in time during the cause of the protest engage in any form of ‘unbridled brigandage’ or of breaking any known law as put forward by the institution as a reason for their decision.
“At least, protest is an internationally recognised right and the students were still acting within the prism of their fundamental rights. Issues are very clear!”, It concluded.
Students of the institution demonstrated on Friday as a result of the death of Adesina Omowumi Aishat at the Seventh Day Adventist Hospital, Ile-Ife on Thursday.
The protesting students had alleged that the death of Aishat was due to negligence on the part of the staff at the University Health Centre.
Meanwhile, the institution through the school PRO, Abiodun Olanrewaju had earlier stated its own side of the story.