Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Students' Union Officers Clash With Lecturer, English Students Demand Apology Letter

By David Adetula

The Public Relations Officer of the Obafemi Awolowo University Students' Union, Ojedokun Emmanuel a.k.a Immanuel Kant during the early hours of yesterday caused a scene at ODLT 2 where an English course was going on. The Union officer had come to interrupt the class in a bid to make an announcement. Not pleased with Kant's request, the lecturer sent him out denying him the opportunity to address the students.

After some sort of heated arguement, Kant succumb to the lecturer's wish until the Secretary General of the Students' Union, Oketooto Oluwaseun a.k.a Honourable Seun came to the scene where he insisted the lecturer was not going to continue with his lecture unless the announcement was made. The new challenge was sufficient to bring the class to an abrupt end as the lecturer walked out of the class.

Expressing disappointment at the occurrence, the SU PRO opined that it is a bad omen for the Union as they were embarrassed by the lecturer for making a request to announce to the students. Matter took another turn as the Union officers reportedly stormed the office of the same lecturer to demand apology for the incidence but the English students who were obviously furious about the development formed a resistance to this. A meeting eventually held which had the SU executives, the Dean of Faculty of Arts, ASUU-OAU Chairman, OAU Alumni Chairman, Head of OAU Security Team and the Head, Department of English in attendance to resolve the issue.

In the evening at about 5:00pm, the President of the National Association of Students of English and Literary Studies (NASELS), Sodiq Oyeleke called a student congress to address the issue and the following resolutions were reached;

- That Prof. Y.K Yusuf should not write any letter of apology to the Students’ Union
- That an open letter be written requesting the Students’ Union to apologize for ‘constituting nuisance’ at the Department of English
- That a petition be forwarded to the University’s Security Unit over the threat made on the security of Prof. Y.K Yusuf
- That an ultimatum of 48-hour be given to the SU to tender the apology letter for breaching the motto of OAU – ‘Learning and Culture’
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