There are strong indications that the leaders of the suspended Students’ Union of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, have decided to write the management, pledging to be of good conducts as condition to reinstate the SU.
The development followed a meeting the leaders, drawn from the three arms of the SU, held with the Director of State Security Service, Osun State, last Friday in Osogbo.
After the SU was suspended last week, the Vice-chancellor, Eyitope Ogunbodede, had told CAMPUS REPORTER the only condition for lifting the suspension was assurance the SU officers would conduct themselves responsibly and settle their differences.
The resolution of the leaders at the Osogbo meeting could therefore be seen as a reaction to the condition given by the VC.
In the letter seen by Campus Reporter, they wrote: “We sincerely promise to be of good conducts and outrightly shun any acts or action that will bring the university to disrepute or public embarrassment.
“We are ready to sign undertaking with the university management to reinforce our commitment to maintaining peace and orderliness in the university.”
The spokesperson for the suspended SU, Simon Okediji, confirmed the writing of the letter to CAMPUS REPORTER, but said it had not been submitted due to external intervention from the National Association of Nigerian Students.
“We had a meeting in Osogbo with Osun state Director of SSS and it was in that meeting that the three arms of the union decided to write an apology letter to the VC,” said Mr. Okediji.
“It was later that we had about NANS intervention. We intended to submit the apology letter but NANS is presently meeting with the management to demand unconditional reinstatement of the Union,” he added.
Our correspondent who visited the institution confirmed that leadership of NANS held a closed-door meeting with the university management Monday afternoon.
The SU was suspended last week by the management, which cited citing cases of violence and unruly behaviour contained in security reports received.
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