"OAU VC Makes Personal Phone Number Available To All Students"- SLAN
Professor Bamitale Omole
Student Leaders’ Alliance of Nigeria (SLAN) has passed a vote of confidence on Prof Bamitale Omole, outgoing Vice-Chancellor (VC) of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ile-Ife, Osun State.
The group, which comprised former students’ union leaders, condemned the recent attacks on the VC, saying the people behind them knew nothing about university administration.
In a statement by SLAN’s international coordinator Oluwaloseyi Babaeko, the group said Omole deserved commendation for improving the academic standard of the university, which global rating increased under his leadership.
Babaeko, a masters student at the School of Politics and International Studies at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom, said: “The call for the arrest and probe of Prof Omole shows desperation for vendetta among the faceless people, who do not like developments brought about by the outgoing VC. Their argument is not only shallow; it is laughable, baseless and lacks merit.”
He continued: “The propaganda against Prof Omole shows that the faceless people have no knowledge of history. Rather, Prof Omole deserves our respect and prayers. The misguided elements want to disparage and destroy the hard-earned reputation of Prof Omole through their parochial agenda. We condemn such act in its entirety.”
Babaeko said the VC runs an open-door policy and makes his personal phone number available to all students.
“For those of us who have been following and monitoring the activities of the VC, we are pleased to say it anywhere that Prof Omole has done well in administering OAU, despite the time frame. We plead with the VC to forgive those wicked individuals who want to rubbish his name. Prof Omole should act like a father,” he said.
SLAN also called for improved funding for the university, saying OAU needed resources to maintain its academic standard it appealed to the VC to reinstate all suspended students’ leaders.