Thursday, 25 June 2015

OAU SU Excos' Absence Forestalled Handing Over Of Union Properties

The Division of Student Affairs (DSA), Obafemi Awolowo University facilitated handing over event of all Union projects, properties and account by the Ibikunle-led administration to the TY-led current tenure suffered set-back as a result of the absence of the current Students’ Union executives’ absence.

The meeting that was supposed to start 2:00pm did not begin until some few minutes to 3pm when the acting Dean, Division of Student Affairs, Dr (Mrs) L. M. Durosinmi arrived with her aides to the venue that was obviously set for the event.

Dr (Mrs) L. M. Durosinmi recognized the presence of the past Students’ Union executives, Electoral Commission chairman, the Probe Committee members, SRC members, Judicial Council members and the Pressmen present.

The absence of the members of the Students’ Union Central Executive Council (CEC) served as a major barrier for the proper transfer as they were not on ground to receive what the outgoing Union Officers brought.

Controversy initially ensued when one of the Probe Committee members said they are the ones in charge of ensuring all Union properties and have been mandated by the Congress to expediently ensure that is done. Hence, they were present to receive those properties from the past Union leaders. In a show of disagreement by the previous executives, they insisted the constitution is clear about the transfer of the Union properties and account as it makes no provision for any Probe Committee.

In the submission of the former SU president, Ibikunle insisted that he, alongside all the CEC members that served during his tenure have been audited and cleared by the Budgetary and Finance Committee. He futher said the only thing needed is the current excos to come and get all the needed documents and properties from them.

After various arguments and submissions from stakeholders present, the acting Dean, DSA concluded that the former executives submit copies of the audit report of the Budgetary and Finance Committee that cleared them after which they will come back anytime the present SU executives are ready to receive the properties, projects and account.

“I just want copies, not original, the audited copies from the last Finance Committee. Is that okay? And when the new excos are ready to take over the properties, we would know and we will call you to hand over. Good afternoon!”

No member of the Students’ Union CEC was present at the meeting.
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