By Uthman Samad
Sequential to his appointment as the new Dean of Student Affairs, Professor I.O Aransi has reacted to certain issues concerning the Obafemi Awolowo University in a brief interview with a correspondent of OAU Peeps News Agency.
The head of department of Local Government Studies of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-ife who also doubles as the Chairman of the muslim community of the university was recently appointed as the new dean of the Division of Students Affairs, succeeding Professor Grace Akinola and becoming the first male to hold the position in recent times.
In the interview, whilst addressing some issues on campus, Professor Olalekan Aransi stated that the welfarism of students would remain paramount in his heart during his tenure, in his words, ‘‘I will discharge my duty and ensure that welfarism of students takes my number one agenda because if the student are in good condition, there won't be break or strike and good products will be produced along the line as supports will be sought for from far and near for the embracement‘’. He also disclosed the support of the Alumni association of the university to give some materials to students.
While taking about the need for cordial relationship between the DSA, the management and the students’ union, the new Dean stated that he has met with the suspended president of the Union and his cabinet and they promised to give support to the administration to foster peace in the university community.
Talking about student security and the frequent attacks, Professor Aransi promised to look into this amidst other issues as reports were filed, cases upon cases, and proper consultation has been indicted with the security unit of the university to put an end to the frequent occurrences.
Whilst talking about the allocation of rooms to finalists and fresh students, he pledged to do justice to it as the university management needed to look into the number of students admitted yearly. As this number was often higher than what the available resources could cater for. The professor promised to approach individuals, various companies and organisations for assistance and aid.
Talking about the senate building extension and the new senate building, the new dean of DSA has said, ‘‘there’s nothing bad in development, we should encourage new innovations, new ideas and there’s nothing bad in that, let the university continue to grow. We are in a dynamic world. Building hostels are very crucial but that does not stop us from having a befitting senate building’’
By Uthman Samad