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Special Memo to all UNIBADAN Students

Special Memo to all UNIBADAN Students


The
expanded Management of the University of Ibadan comprising the
Principal Officers, Provost and Deans, internal members of Council,
Wardens of Halls of Residence and other leaders of the University met
with the leadership of the Students Union on May 28, 2017, between
4.00pm and 7.00pm.

The
meeting is sequel to the resolutions passed at the Students’ Union
Congress that was held on May 27, 2017. Although the congress did not
follow the laid down procedure for calling a congress, the University
Management still called the meeting in the interest of peace and the
wellbeing of our students. The resolutions passed at the congress, in
the main, are to disrupt the forthcoming examinations if students are
not provided with identity cards, that the University should constitute
the Students’ Welfare Board, and that the Management should allow the
use of unauthorised cooking appliances in the halls of residence.

The
Management wishes to inform students that efforts are currently being
made to ensure that identity cards are produced and distributed starting
from the middle of June. The Management has also issued a circular
informing Deans of Faculties that students’ registration forms and any
other valid University instrument be considered as sufficient for
admittance into examination halls in the forthcoming first semester
examinations. The President of the Students’ Union was copied this memo.
We wish to state that no student of the University will be denied entry
into the examination hall owing to non-possession of student’s identity
card.

The University Management is not unmindful of the hardship
that the delay in the issuance of identity cards has caused our
students, but we appeal for their understanding.  The good thing about
the new identity cards to be produced is that we will only be
revalidating them every session as opposed to the previous arrangement
requiring students to apply for new identity cards every session. Hence,
we will not experience the kind of delay being experienced now next
session and subsequently.
The University Management will also,
very soon, convene a meeting of the Students’ Welfare Board which is a
statutory committee of Senate, to discuss other students’ welfare
issues, so that a lasting solution can be proffered.

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The problem
of the use of unauthorised cooking appliances in the halls is not new.
Indeed, at a meeting between the University Management and the students
sometimes in 2014, it was agreed that cooking appliances, especially
hotplates, be abolished in the halls of residence because of the huge
cost of electricity to the University. Besides, the non-use of these
cooking appliances is part of the agreement signed by each student
before residency in the halls.

In the light of all these,
Management wishes to appeal to students to embrace continuous dialogue
and avoid any activity that will further disrupt the academic calendar.
This is our passionate appeal, and we hope students will exercise
extreme caution in respect of the Students’ Congress resolutions. The
threat of invading Federal roads on democracy day will not solve any
problem, but will only aggravate them. The Law enforcement agents are
already aware of the threat, and we appeal against any confrontation
with the Police that the invasion of public roads may occasion. However,
the University Management will take every necessary action to forestall
the breakdown of law and order on campus.

Given the calendar we are running at present, the 2016/2017 session will not end until mid-December, 2017.
This is already well behind the ideal schedule and all stakeholders
should, as much as possible, avoid any action that might result in any
further extension of the academic calendar. We wish our students success
in the forthcoming examinations, trusting that reason will prevail.
Thank you.

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