Gov Amosun Meets Protesting Ogun Students, Pledges to Address their Demands
Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun on Friday addressed the protesting students of Olabisi Onabanjo University, OOU, Ago-Iwoye, and pledged to address the students demand in two weeks.
The governor met the students 48 hours after their intensive protest which started on Thursday, after first meeting with representatives of the Student Union Government of the university, led by its President, Ifade Olusegun at his Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta before proceeding to the Moshood Abiola Stadium where he addressed the protesting students.
Speaking with the students, Mr. Amosun said he would address the issue within two weeks and would set up a committee to urgently look into their demands. He said the committee that worked on the school fees reduction would once again address their demand and get back to him in one week.
It would be recalled that the government had this week announced a 61 per cent reduction in the school fees payable by students in the ten state-owned tertiary institutions, a decision which was greeted with appreciation by nine of the institutions while only the OOU students demanded an adjustment in the implementation period.
He asked the students to stop protesting on the streets when they have important issues to raise saying it does not portray them in a good light.
‘’We are Ogun State, the first to have access to western education where things are done with enviable standard. No Ogun student is expected to behave in an unruly manner. I am your governor, I will discuss with you even 100 times as long as you are ready but I will not discuss with protesting students on the streets. I am not happy with the way you are seen on the streets disrupting the peace of others.
“There are better ways to channel your grievances. I am a student-friendly governor. I was not the person who increased this school fees you are talking about Even this reduction we are talking about was not arrived at with violence but after deliberations which lasted for about two months with your leaders. You should fight any government that wants to bring division into your midst as students or use you for political reasons, he added.
Mr. Amosun, who was accompanied by State Commissioner of Police and the Director of State Security Services, also presented 13 brand new buses to the ten state-owned and three federal institutions as well as the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and National Association of Ogun State Students (NAOSS).
Responding, Ifade, who thanked the governor for giving them audience and for all kind gestures to the institution, advised his colleagues to remain calm and be law abiding and see the governor who is a man of integrity who will keep his words.
While expressing appreciation to the governor on behalf of the entire tertiary institutions for the donated buses, the SUG President, Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), Comrade Sunday Osas said the governor has fulfilled his promises in various ways without failing the students, promising that, ‘’we would remain focused to becoming good leaders of tomorrow and supportive to the programmes of the present administration in the state.”
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