Monday, 2 December 2013

Re-opening of varsities: OAU students desert campus, lecturers show up

Ile-Ife – Students of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, in Osun State, on Monday failed to resume for academic activities despite the Federal Government directive for immediate reopening of all federal universities in the country. A visit to the institution, shows that none of the students were seen on campus for possible commencement of academic activities as directed by the Government. Mr Abiodun Olarenwaju, the Public Relations Officer of the institution, confirmed that not a single student was on campus ”for any reason whatsoever”. He said that the few lecturers on campus were around ”for reasons other than academic activities. ‘’Sincerely, none of our students show up on campus as of today, but some of the lecturers are around, although they are not coming for any academic activity, they always come around for other reasons. ‘’You know our lecturers have not totally deserted the campus like that, many of them still come around to do one or two things in their offices, but no teaching and learning activities.’’ Meanwhile, one of the commercial motorcyclists operating within the campus environment, Mr Muraiona Abiola, said that most of their members were suffering due to low patronage since the commencement of the ASUU strike in July. According to him, the usual heavy patronage by the students has decline since the commencement of the strike, which forced the students to leave the campus abruptly. Abiola, therefore, called for early resolution of the issues between ASUU and the Federal Government to enable the commercial motorcyclists bounce back to business.(NAN)

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