New leaders have been appointed to serve and control the activities of the Students Union of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, barely two weeks after the reinstatement of the students union
The leaders, who were elected across faculties in the university, were to serve in the capacity of electoral commissioners and petitioners.
The activities of the OAU-SU were reinstated on Oct. 27 by the authorities of the university in a letter referenced Ro.2/Vol. VI/217.
“This is to inform the generality of the students and the entire university community that the order of the suspension of Students’ Union activities by the university authorities via a release referenced Ro.2/Vol. VI/180, dated Dec. 3, 2015 has been lifted,” the reinstatement notice read in part.
After the election held on Nov. 4, Fadele Olusola emerged as the electoral chairman; Secretary, Akande Paul; Public Relations Officer, Durodola Lukmon; Financial Secretary, Sodiq Rauf; Welfare Officer, Aina Oluwasanmi.
Also, Bolutife Olusola emerged as the electoral petitions chairman; financial secretary, Faleye Kolawole; PRO, Moses Abundance; and welfare officer, Akoledowo Eniola.
The election for the secretary of the electoral petitions Commission was postponed after the contestants had equal votes on three consecutive times.
Before the election, the OAU’s acting Dean of Divisional Students’ Affairs, Prof. Grace Akinola, challenged the elected students to be responsible leaders.
She explained that the school management was interested in moulding leaders that would change the world.
Meanwhile, the National Association of Nigerian Students, in a press statement by its Senate President, Comrade Salam Oyejide, asked the new electoral commission and petition leaders to be transparent.
He said, “It is important to note that your emergence at this critical period of our Union naturally bestows enormous responsibilities on your shoulders.
“We at the Senate Secretariat of NANS enjoin you to conduct free, fair, and credible elections into the various organs of our dear Union.
“We equally besiege you to excuse your personal interests from this all important task in order to have a responsible and responsive Students Union leadership.”
Okegbemi Olusoji Festus is an Editor/Creative writer at campustori.com, A digital media Executive and a known Social Media Enthusiast.