Nigeria’s apex college students’ physique, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Zone D, has slammed the Vice-Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, Prof Eyitope Ogunbodede, and his administration group for shutting the college.
It described the closure as “reckless” whereas demanding that as a matter of urgency and necessity, the establishment must be reopened for college students to proceed their examinations.
The NANS Zone D additionally threatened to name for the removing of the Prof Ogunbodede because the Vice-Chancellor, whereas revealing that its zonal management would relocate its secretariat to the University campus gate till the VC reversed the choice.
Students of the establishment had demonstrated on Friday on account of the dying of a colleague, Adesina Aishat, on the Seventh Day Adventist Hospital, Ile-Ife on Thursday.
The protesting college students had alleged that the dying of Aishat was on account of negligence on the a part of the employees on the University Health Centre.
In a press assertion by Kowe Odunayo Amos, Coordinator, NANS Zone D and Giwa Yisa Temitope, Secretary-General, the scholars described the order by the establishment administration to shut down OAU as childish.
It stated, “As an association, we find it appalling that the University management could go to the extent of twisting the narrative by saying that she (the victim who died) 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 additionally rebuked the Ogunbodede for refusing to heed all calls to return out and tackle the protesting college students who have been really requesting for his presence on the protest floor.
“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.