2011 Elections: Count My Students Out of Thuggery

–  VC tells NOA Director

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun (right) presenting UNAAB’s souvenir to the visiting
Chairman, NOA, Ogun State, Mr. Sola Babalola at the Senate Chamber while DVCs, Prof. Onwuka, Academic (R)
and Prof. Lagoke ,Development (L) look on.

 

The University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, has vouched for the sound moral conduct of the institution’s students.

 

Professor Balogun passed the vote of confidence on the students Professor Balogun passed the vote of confidence on the students in his remarks during an Enlightenment Visit of the Ogun State Director of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr. Sola Babalola to the University, to sensitize the academic community on the on-going general elections in the country.

 

The Vice-Chancellor, who met the meeting mid-way on his return from an official trip, told Mr. Babalola in plain terms, that both the students and staff of the University, are law abiding citizens, who will not undermine the peace of the nation.

 

According to the Vice – Chancellor, “This University is one of the most peaceful.  As far as the issue of using students for violence is concerned, count my students out”.

Prof. Balogun, however, enjoined the students to justify the confidence he reposed in them by comporting themselves and shun all tendencies of violence during, and after the electioneering period.

 

“Students, you are the most vulnerable in the society.  My appeal to you is to remember the son of whom you are.  Keep faith with our progressive values in the University”, he admonished.

 

Speaking further, Professor Balogun also expressed disappointment over the failure of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to site neither a Registration nor Voting Centre in the University, regardless of its overwhelming population of about 13,000 people, including students and staff.

The Vice-Chancellor disclosed that he had sent a formal petition to the INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, on the issue.

Responding to the absence of Registration and Voting Centres in the University, the NOA Director, Mr. Babalola said, “I can only appeal to the University community to bear with us.  It is because of our experiences in some institutions in the past”.

 

Mr. Babalola, however described the University as peaceful and the Vice-Chancellor as an achiever. “We are very aware that this is a peaceful University.  I am a keen observer of the Vice-Chancellor’s tenure.  You have put in place, institutional structures that will live after you”, he declared.

 

Mr. Babalola had earlier enjoined members of the University to exercise their civic right during the electioneering period by casting their votes for the candidates of their choice.

 

He counseled them to be mindful of the various regulations and guidelines, on the conduct of the elections, saying some of them were deliberately put in place to curb tendencies of malpractice by some selfish politicians.

 

 

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