The elections into the executive positions of the University of Ibadan Student Union is fast approaching and, as part of the electioneering process as outlined by the Students’ Union Electoral Committee, the presidential debate/press night held today, 7 October 2021 at the New Faculty Lecture Theatre of the faculty of Science. In attendance was the presidential aspirants Oladeji Joshua and Adewole Adeyinka Adekeshinro popularly known as Mascot amongst the student community.
At the Press night/presidential debate, both parties had the opportunity to answer questions from the press and also to reel out their plans for the union and the student community at large.
When asked about the issue of incessant harassment of individuals in the Halls of residence by the potters which have been complaints of many students over the years, both parties provided answers to the questions based on their planned action as to how to curb such acts within the Halls of residence in the university when elected into the office of the president.
For Mascott, He said he intends to organise 3 strategic meetings. One with the management and students, next with the police and students, then with the landlord association in Agbowo, Ajibode and Barika.
He wants the school to join hands with the man o war defence in various halls of residences.
For Richard, He intends to create a Central defence system that cuts across every hall of residence. He mentioned that most students are outside the school due to covid-19. There will be an improvement next session. He also stated that the lackadaisical attitude of the School’s security system is a challenge that he would solve.
Also when asked about the use of Kerosene for Cooking in the Halls of residence, Richard said, “My alternative is a hot plate. But in this case, it increases the electricity tariff. I would have advised we go for cooking gas but there are more harms than good”
The presidential aspirants were also questioned about the university health care system as it has become a recurring complaint amongst the student that unavailability of medical staffs at Jaja and even low response rate in cases that demands healthcare attention. When asked if JAJA was understaffed, Mascot agreed and said, “Yes. Medical students that are ready to voluntary work in the clinic should be given the opportunity. However, Richard disagree in his response, He said, “No. What plays out as understaffed is a non-challenge attitude to work on the part of workers. To solve this issue, I will partner with the management to further orientate workers of the clinic.”
When asked about what would be the first 3 things they would do if being elected as President of the University of Ibadan Student Union, Mascot said, “The first thing, if elected is to send a comprehensive report on the journey to the University of Ibadan students welfare board. Then submitting solutions to the management on the comprehensive report earlier sent. He also mentioned that he would seek to involve students in the decision making process. Richard on the other hand stated that his first three bold steps if he’s eventually elected into the seat of the President of the Students’ Union, He mentioned he was going to ensure partnership with the University of Ibadan welfare union to create a list of the problems the students of the university are facing. He also mentioned that He would work with the U.I S.U Vice president to organize social activities for the students and also partner with the school management to work on the above solutions.
Other aspirants for other executive positions within the association were also present and they used the opportunity to present their plans and goals to the U.I student community. Some of these aspirants include Ajiboye Daniel(Gen Sec.), Arinola David (Ass. Gen Sec.), Musiliudeen Toheeb( Treasurer), Olalekan Ajibola(Public Relation Officer) Daniel Olamide Peniel (Treasurer), Olaniyan Mathew (House Secretary)…e.t.c.
The elections are scheduled to hold on Oct 9, 2021, and out of over 41,000 students at the University of Ibadan, only a little above 8900 got accredited and will be eligible to vote. The fate of the other students is in the hands of the accredited few.