The Vice-Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Professor Olugbenga Ige, has condemned the recent protest by students of the institution that led to the vandalisation of some properties within the school premises.
Professor Ige made this known while assessing the level of damage done to buildings and other properties on Thursday 25th of November 2021, describing the action as needless and unfortunate.
He said: “The University Management had acceded to the pleas of Student Union leadership to suspend the ‘No Registration, No Examination’ policy of the Institution before the ugly incident.”
Prof Ige further stated that the institution did not expect the level of destruction from the students because ever since his administration came on board, the interest of students has been very central in its governance structure.
“This destructive protest is very painful and unexpected. Even if they have the constitutional right to protest, they certainly do not have any right to destroy properties,” he said.
“All we did was to ask them to register for their courses, but very few among them went round to destroy properties and disrupt the examination that had already started.
“I also find it difficult to believe that our students could wreak this havoc on the University because we have been very fair to them. There is no request they brought that we did not approve.
However, he added that the ‘No Registration, No Examination’ policy was a Council decision, but was reversed when the Student Union Executives, Student Representative Council, as well as the Presidents of all Faculty and Departmental Associations met on Friday 19th of November, 2021 to plead for those who were yet to pay to participate in the examination.
“By the following Monday, the Registrar issued a circular, allowing all students to write the examinations. And when the examinations began, all the students were allowed in. So, there was no reason for the destruction of properties that we have witnessed. That is why I believe there could be some underlying factors behind the violent protest, and we shall get to the bottom of it.”
More so, the Vice-Chancellor empathised with members of staff of the University and visitors whose personal properties were damaged, promising that the Management will ‘do the needful soon.’
In attendance during the inspection were: the Registrar, Olugbenga Arajulu, Bursar, Tobi Orina, University Librarian, Dr Oluyemisi Olorunfemi; as well as Deans, Directors, and other senior officers accompanied vice-Chancellor on the assessment tour.
Recall that on November 22, 2021, the students of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko trooped out en masse to protest against the management policy of ‘no school fees no examination’ as the GST examinations (communication in Arabic, GST123B and communication in French, GST123A) were ongoing.
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