NANS Set For Action In OAU, Sets March 21 For Massive Protest
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has vowed to occupy Obafemi Awolowo University come Monday, March 21, 2016 over the non-reinstatement of the three suspended Union leaders of the citadel.
In a Press Statement issued out today and signed by the Coordinator NANS Zone D, South West, Comrade Okikiola Ogunsola, the umbrella body of students has described all diplomatic approaches used as futile and not yielding any desirable fruit, thus the body is set to occupy the institution for a massive Protest.
"The lingering issue/crises between the management of OAU, the student’s union and the three (3) unjustly suspended students’ union executives, consisting of the students’ union president, general secretary and the public relation officer respectively is no longer news to Nigeria students, Security agencies, the monarch (Ooni of Ife) and the entire public.
"It will be recalled that the leadership of NANS Zone D, mediated in the crisis when it first erupted, even before the three (3) students’ union executives were unjustly suspended. In a civilized, humble and respected manner, we called the attention of the school (OAU) management (Vice Chancellor, Dean of Students’ Affairs, ASUU executives and the Chief Security Officer), the Ooni of Ife and that of the State Director of DSS to the poor condition of living of our students in the school hostels which we (NANS ZONE D executives) witnessed, we were promised that issues raised will be immediately looked at and solved and the students’ union government will be reinstated on the condition that we cancel our proposed massive protest which was to be held on the coronation day of the Ooni of Ife. With the intervention of the Ooni of Ife, Director of DSS, the protest was canceled. To our greatest surprise, non of the issues raised were in any way solved instead three of the students’ union government executives were unjustly suspended for four semesters and six semesters respectively.
"We didn’t let our consultations noise dive, we had series of meetings all over again with the management of OAU (Vice Chancellor, Dean of Students’ Affairs, ASUU executives and the Chief Security Officer), the Ooni of Ife and the Director of DSS, who had a meeting with the Vice Chancellor on our behalf. Letters of apology were written to the management on behalf of the unjustly suspended union executives. We were promised by the management and mediators that the three unjustly suspended students’ union government executives will be called back on campus before the commencement of their final exams.
"The leadership of NANS Zone D, South West wishes to express our utmost disappointment in the management of OAU, Ife, especially the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Idowu Bamitale Omole for not been considerate and forgiven. Well, having exhausted all means of consultations to the OAU management, security agencies, the monarch and major stakeholders, the leadership of NANS Zone D, South West has resolved to embark on a mother of all protests in South West on Monday 21st, March, 2016. Its OPERATION OCCUPY OAU, though the protest will be peaceful but it will be massive as students from all campuses in South West Zone and other zones will start arriving from Sunday 20th, March, 2016 to OCCUPY OAU. We shall lock down the OAU campus till our unjustly suspended students’ union executives are called back, the students’ union government reinstated and a lasting solution is found to the poor condition of living of our students in the school hostels." NANS wrote.