Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Parliamentarians Boycott Lectures Over Power Blackout

The Parliamentarians of the Obafemi Awolowo University Students’ Union comprising of the Legislative and Executive arms of the Union today embarked on Lecture Boycott in order to show the students' displeasure over the Power Blackout on the University campus.

In response to about four days of total power blackout in the university community, an emergency meeting of the Parliamentarians was conveyed at the level of the Students' Union Building where the honourable Student Representative Council agreed unanimously with the Executives of the Union to commence an immediate lecture boycott today. The decision was not dragged at all as the Honourables believed the students have endured the hardship enough and it is no longer tolerable.

Just immediately after the meeting at about 10:00am, the Union leaders including the Speaker of the Parliament, the other members of the House Leadership and some honourables, the President of the Students' Union, the Vice President and other members of the Central Executive Council moved the aluta train to lecture theatres where lectures were taking place.

The first point of call was the ASUU Secretariat where the Union officers notified the lecturer body of the intended lecture boycott. The brief meeting ended as the Speaker came out to address the students informing them of the support of the Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU). The train never left AUD 2 without recording its first class casualty as a class been handled by Dr Faleye of Department of English Language was boycotted. The Commercial Law(BUL301) class of the students of the Faculty of Law that was supposed to hold at AUD 1 could not hold due to the boycott too.

The Hezekiah Oluwasanmi Library was also hit by the boycott as a meeting between the Union officers and the University Librarian ensured the Library was closed down. Faculty of Sciences too had its own share as lectures that were ongoing at Yellow House were disrupted. A Practical Class that was initially scheduled for 2pm at the Department of Botany could not also hold as a result of the Lecture Boycott.
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