The Deputy Dean, Student Affairs of University of Lagos (UNILAG), Dr Karo Ogbinaka has accused the students’ union of working for their own selfish gains.
This is coming as Lagos lawyer, Ebun Adegboruwa, wrote the institution on behalf of the union, seeking reversal of the suspension and withdrawal of the undertaking the students have to sign before Friday or be taken to court.
Speaking to journalist in his office on Wednesday, Ogbinaka said most of the union leaders were under investigation for defaulting in various ways in the institution.
His words: “It is obvious that they are fighting some selfish and fraudulent interests because the demands they tendered to management just two days before the protest were based on trivial issues, not light or water or even higher cost of living. As a matter of fact, the President, Muhammed Olaniyan sent a very disrespectful message to the Vice Chancellor, Professor Rahamon Bello, just after the protest, making direct insults at him.”
He said all the Students’ Union leaders clamoured for in their meeting, was the need for a new bus, a renovated school gate and to force the VC to hold a town hall meeting with students, which he believed, were trivial issues.
While speaking on the issue of power and water, he said the management already informed ULSU that they had the intention to buy four generators to power the institution and regulate its supply due to power challenge in the country. However, contrary to the ULSU’s claim, only two have arrived because the university does not want all generators to get worn out at the same time.
In a new development, Adegboruwa, in a letter addressed to the vice chancellor, dated April 27, 2016, stated that the students, having been admitted and paid fees, already had a contract with the university and need not be made to sign an undertaking to be readmitted.
The lawyer therefore, urged the university to suspend the signing of the forms, lift ban on the Students’ Union and dialogue with its leaders, postpone the first semester examinations due to start May 9 by one month, absorb students’ representatives into the council, the senate and congregation of the university.
Copy of the letter from the laywer, Ebun Adegboruwa on behalf of the union to UNILAG