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OAU Senate Takes Position on Death of Final Year Student, Students Protest


OAU Senate Takes Position on Death of Final Year Student, Students Protest

One of the highest decision-making in Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ilé-Ifè, the Senate, yesterday, Tuesday, after its emergency meeting solely convened over the protest embarked upon by the students of the institution following the death of a final year student, Adesina Aishat wumi, has taken position over the students stance and circumstances leading to the death of the young lady.

The stance of the senate was made known in a release signed by the school’s Registar, Margaret Idowu Omosule, which was made available to Vreporters by the image maker, Mr Abiodun Olarewaju.

Recall that the students had on Nigeria’s 61st Independence day celebration, trooped out in their large numbers to protest against the alleged negligence played by the University health center which “resulted’ to death of Adesina Aishat Omowumi, a student of the Department of Foreign Languages , after being referred to Seventh-day Adventist Hospital.

The demonstration which lasted for 10 consecutive hours led to the blockage of Ife-Ibadan and Ife-Ede highway.

The Senate, in its meeting condemned the protest carried out by students and further commended the school management for taking “proactive decision” by suspending students activities, stressing that “precious lives could have been lost if action had been delayed.” Consequently, it was also in support of the vacation of students from their respective halls of residence and the putting on hold of the swearing-in of the newly elected Students’ Union officers.

The release read in part, “Senate expressed sadness over the untimely demise of Miss Omowumi Aishat Adesina and commiserate with the family on the loss. Senate thereafter observed a minute silence in her memory.”

“Senate unequivocally, condemned the students’ action in its entirety and frowns at the blocking of Ife-Ibadan and Ife-Ede Highways and other adjoining roads.”

“The Senate commended the Vice Chancellor and the entire management on the prompt and proactive decision to taken by the management that ;
i. Students should vacate the campus and halls of residence.
ii. The swearing-in of the newly elected Students’ Union officers be put on hold.”

“Senate mandated the University Management to set up an independent committee to look into the immediate and remote causes of the students’ protest with a view to preventing any future occurrence. The committee is to submit the report within two weeks.”

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