Following an emergency meeting called by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS OGUN JCC), management of the Ogun State Institute of Technology Igbesa (OGITECH) has promised to stop victimising student union leaders and look into the security threats facing the institution.
Ogun State Institute of Technology, is a state Polytechnic located in Igbesa, Ogun state, South West Nigeria. The polytechnic often called OGITECH was founded in 2005 with proactive effect from 29th June, 2006.
The institution which caims to be one of the leading polytechnics in terms of ICT Facilities in the country however had ignored it’s student who had cried out over the incessant security threats from cultists on campus and accused the Student Union Excos of treason.
According to information obtained by OgunWatch, these cultists have oppressed students in full view of the public on campus and the student union excos have not been left out, as there have been several attacks on them while collecting student union dues, with these funds been carted away on several occasions.
Speaking to Olatoye Clement, Chief whip of the student union told Ogunwatch, he disclosed that the threats had been reported to the DSA unit and nothing was done. “We reported to the DSA unit and nothing was done to it”
“Then on February 14 one of these cultists attacked a student union exco and that landed him in the hospital, infact it was the school management that footed the hospital bills
“He was actually beaten and head-butted in the chest right in the front of the school security men and no intervention was made infact the culprit walked majestically away from the scene.
Clement noted that due to the incident, a state emergency was declared and on resumption after the election break, the SUG excos were served panel letters where they were falsely accused treason.
“After the incident we then declared a state of emergency as part of our security measures because we can’t afford any fatalities since the campus is no longer safe.
“Then after resuming lectures after the election break we started getting panel invite and we were accused wrongly.
He explained that they had only called for a beef up in the security system of the school and the school management responded with a panel invite charging them for treason, abuse of office, unruly behavior, gross misconduct and all other offenses.
“The SUG president, the speaker and other exco’s was served the same panel letters.At first we thought of resolving it in the house but as we speak all other union members have received a summon from the disciplinary council.
Reacting, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS OGUN JCC) in a statement duly signed by the chairman Kehinde Simeon and its PRO Owoeye Femi, accused the management of the institution including the Registrar, Dean of Students Affairs, Librarian and others of playing villain role such as sponsoring thugs to threaten the union leaders for giving a dissenting voice to their oppressive policies.
They claimed that the Registrar was intentionally victimizing the student leaders because of their refusal to support the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the recently concluded general elections in the state.
“This is in connivance with the Registrar who is intentionally victimizing the student leaders because they refused to support their annointed candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the recently concluded general elections in the state.
“It is very shameful and embarrassing that a registrar of an educational institution would turn himself to a tool in the hands of politicians against the principles and ethics of the civil service.
The leadership of NANS while condemning the act by the management of the institution called for an emergency senate meeting on Tuesday, for adequate deliberation and resolution on these matters.
The NANS deputy senate president, Ekundina Elvis disclosed to OgunWatch on Thursday that after deliberations at the senate meeting, the Chairman, NANS JCC/Ogun axis Kehinde Simeon, Students Union President of D. S ADEGBENRO ICT Polytechnic Itori, Gabriel Francis, Students Union President of MAPOLY, Adelola Babatunde and other leaders of the association confronted the management of OGITECH and a consensus was reached .
“ I from National with Ogun JCC Excos have been in Igbesa since Tuesday because of this issue and after reaching a conclusion at our emergency senate meeting, we agreed to confront the management on Wednesday.
“ And we are glad we did that because, at the end they agreed with us that no students union leaders should be victimized, they promised a quick review of both EED fee and security issues within the Institute, they also assured of stable electricity to served soon and that all student union leaders’ result withheld will be released soon (results were withheld due to their past activities and it will be released as soon as the reports of appeal get to the Mgt team).
All efforts to reach the DSA of the institution proved abortive as his number was switched off as at the time of filing the report.