​UI MANAGEMENT ISSUES OFFICIAL SUSPENSION LETTER TO MEMBERS OF THE SUSPENDED SUEC AND SRC

Haleem Olatunji

The Management of the University of Ibadan has issued an official letter to members of the Students’ Union Executive Council (SUEC) and Students’ Representatives Council (SRC), informing them of the suspension of their activities.

The letter which was titled “Suspension of Activities of the Students’ Union Executive Council (SUEC) and Students’ Representatives Council (SRC)”, is to officially complement the declaration of the University Management on the suspension of the Union, at a Press Conference held on Tuesday, 30th May, 2017.

The content of the letter made reference to the acceptance speech of Mr. Ojo Aderemi as being confrontational and also stated that the students’ protest of May 29, 2017, was controlled by violent youths and gangsters in the neighboring community.

The letter reads thus, “Senate at an emergency sitting held on Tuesday, 30th May, 2017, deliberated on all matters relating to the Students’ protest of Monday, 29th May, 2017, led by Aderemi Ojo which disrupted public peace. The protest was also hijacked by hoodlums and other miscreants in the neighboring community.”

“Senate noted the unruly behavior and confrontational attitude  of Mr. Ojo, starting from his Acceptance speech at the Swearing-In Ceremony on Monday, 8 May, 2017, where he ordered students not to obey the extent rule of the University; a violation of the matriculation oath.”

It went further to state that the “Senate consequently approved that the activities of the Students’ Union Executive Council (SUEC) and Students’ Representatives Council (SRC) be suspended until further notice.”

The letter which was signed by the University Registrar, O. I. Olukoya, requested members of the suspended bodies to submit every possession of the Union within their disposal to the Deputy Registrar (Students), refusal which will lead to disciplinary actions on the basis of gross misconduct.

“You are requested to hand over all Union property in your possession to the Deputy Registrar (Students) on or before two weeks of the receipt of this letter. Refusal to do so shall he deemed to be an act of gross misconduct which will lead to disciplinary action taken against you”, it reads.

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