The presidential Visitation Panel constituted by President Mohammadu Buhari, visited the University of Ibadan Students’ Union building on Saturday, 22 May 2021, on a courtesy and enquiry visit as part of their responsibility to check out important facilities in the university campus and also hold discussions and briefings with important stakeholders and associations in the university.
Accompanied by the Dean of Students affairs, Prof. Keye Abiona, Deputy Dean of Students affairs, Dr Ademola Lewis and other university officials, the presidential visitation panel arrived at the SU building at about 10:12 am and were welcomed by a number of students leaders comprising of the Students’ Union president and other executives, hall chairmen, faculty and departmental presidents.
The visitation panel took a tour around the Students’ Union building, starting from the legislative chamber. While in the SRC, series of questions were asked and one of such was the party responsible for the maintenance of the Kunle Adepeju Building due to its deterioration. The president responded “the Students’ Union is responsible for the maintenance of the building. Over time, the Students’ Union has been short of funds, we have issues of remittance of students dues. The dues are paid directly to the school and it has not been remitted to us (since 2019)”.
One of the university officials that accompanied the visitation panel however commented that before any renovation is done, the Students’ Union will have to include the university. In buttressing his point, he called to memory the time of Prof. Adewole (former Vice-Chancellor), how that the university renovated the SRC Chamber. In concluding he said, “so it’s not left entirely to the students because of funding and how much do they pay, so small and they have several activities (that they need money for) and there are no funds to finance these activities”.
The presidential visitation panel also asked who fixes the price that students pay as Students’ Union levy. President Akeju responded, “the amount of fee has been agreed with the school management for over 15 years”. He also added that each student is expected to pay a price of N200 naira as the Students’ Union levy. Members of the presidential visitation panel however laughed at the price of N200.
The panel thereafter admonished the students’ leaders to employ initiative in maintaining the Kunle Adepeju Building.
The tour also included checking other structures of the Students’ Union building including offices and business centres.
After the visitation to the Students’ Union building, the visitation panel proceeded to visit other places in the university still accompanied by the university officials. The presidential visitation panel is expected to present a dual report to the Federal government covering 2011-2015 and 2016-2020
It should be noted that the Students’ Union and some students’ leaders will still meet with the presidential visitation panel at a later date where they will get to present appropriately the challenges the students and the union faces.