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‘Students Are Oliver Twists,’ – UNIOSUN SU President

On Wednesday, the President of the Students’ Union of Osun State University, Muideen Olanrewaju, while speaking on a radio program monitored by this reporter, stated that students always ask for more and this makes leadership challenging.

Muideen Olanrewaju appeared on the radio program alongside Ousman Touray, an Ambassador of the University of the Gambia, who also delivered the 14th Foundation Day Lecture at the university. The lecture was part of the events that marked the just concluded 10th Convocation Ceremonies of the state-owned university.

In June, UNIOSUN and the University of the Gambia had reviewed and renewed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the partnership between the two universities, which enables exchange programs of staff and students between both universities.

Touray and Olanrewaju appeared on the program to discuss the topic: ‘Leadership and its responsibilities.’ Olanrewaju, in his words, mentioned that the major problem of leadership is the inability to access resources including human and material resources. “A leader must be accountable with the available resources as it will never be enough. A leader must be strategic both in thinking and acting,” he stated. He, however, appreciated the management of the institution for the support the student body has enjoyed.

Ousman Touray, while speaking on the Foundation Day Lecture titled: “Erosion of African Value System: Can youths redeem the trend?” said: “Africans would have to pay the price of knowing oneself to be able to reverse the trend. China Achebe once said history will always favour the hunter until lions have their own historian.” He stressed Africans have to know who they really were before colonialism so as to turn around the fortune of the continent.

“Africa has problems when it comes to leadership and electorates do not exercise their power to change leaders when they fail due to loyalty to political parties. Some also do not want to impact unless they are in a political position,” Touray quipped.

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