University of Ibadan lifts ban on student unionism after 2 years

The Senate of the University of Ibadan, Oyo State, has lifted the ban placed on students’ union activities in the institution after two years of its imposition.

The decision to lift the ban was achieved at the Senate’s meeting of August 30, 2019 during which Prof. I.A. Abiona, the Dean of Students Affairs, made a passionate appeal for the lifting of the ban to allow for the conduct of elections for the students’ body during the 2018/2019 session.

The UI’s Senate had on May 30, 2017 suspended students’ union activities until further notice after a protest over the delay in the issuance of digitised identity cards.

On the proposal to lift the suspension, Dr Abiona said that 140 persons were tried in connection with the protest by the students’ disciplinary committee with some students are receiving sanctions while others were acquitted.

According to Abiona, the Student Affairs Division will make sure that a sane leadership of students emerges by raising the bar of eligibility, organisation of pre-election workshop and post-election leadership retreat for winners.

Abiona revealed that most of the former union leaders fingered in the protest had shown enough regret and indicated the desire to follow the rules and regulations and cooperate with the university’s administration.

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