Shina Abubakar, Osogbo
The Union of Academic Staff of Universities, branch of Obafemi Awolowo University (ASUU OUA), tasked the university leadership to review the operations of the school’s health center rather by suppressing the voice of the students.
The university administration had closed the school due to a protest launched by its student following the death of a final year student of the Department of Foreign Languages, Adesina Aisat, after a brief illness. The students claimed that the health center did not treat the deceased adequately.
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The union, in a statement signed by its president, Dr Adeola Egbedokun, obtained by Vanguard on Sunday, said Miss Adesina’s death was preventable, but due to ongoing industrial action among the Association of Medical Residents of the country.
The statement reads: “The ASUU OUA Congress mourns the untimely death of Miss Adesina Omowumi Aishat, a student in the fourth part of the Department of Foreign Languages and sympathizes with her family, fellow students and the entire university community. The union received the news of Miss Adesina’s death with brutal shock and is concerned about the events following the news of the incident, especially as the second semester exams were underway.
“The circumstances surrounding the death of this promising young woman, in our view, testify to the fact that the Nigerian state is in a state of crisis: medical residents are on strike nationwide over broken promises. of the government. It is indeed unfortunate that a nation that is sixty-one years old and celebrates it with joy cannot provide quality and affordable health care and education to its teeming youth. On the contrary, our nation is always quick to suppress and suppress them whenever they dare to express their legitimate demands.
“ASUU OUA would like to urge the university administration to pay attention to the activities of the health center to restore the confidence of the members of the university community, because we cannot continue to pretend that all is well in the establishment. In our opinion, this sad event provides the university with an excellent opportunity to set up a fact-finding group, made up of credible members of the community to examine the operational, equipment and manpower needs of the Center. health of the OAU, and respond decisively to these.
This will go a long way in addressing the many complaints from staff and students about the facility.
“In the meantime, ASUU OUA wishes to urge students to be law-abiding and to avoid acts that may undermine the peace of the university community and Ile-Ife as a whole when expressing any legitimate protest.”