The University of Ibadan Students’ Union has come out publicly to declare its lack of trust in the government and governor of Oyo State, H.E Eng. Seyi Makinde in protecting the lives and properties of the students of the university. This is coming after several attacks have been recorded on student dominated environment around the university environment. This is contained in a publication titled “ADDRESS INSECURITY NOW, OUR STUDENTS ARE DYING”.
ADDRESS INSECURITY NOW, OUR STUDENTS ARE DYING
Law and order are necessary for growth and development, but in Oyo State, the opposite is true.
In this context, the UI’SU is informing Oyo State Governor, His Excellency Seyi Makinde, of the poor security in Ibadan, particularly in the Agbowo community, as well as the frequent road accidents in front of the University of Ibadan.
It is worth noting that some parts of Ibadan have been particularly prone to various security threats, ranging from robbery to cult attacks.
These examples can also be seen in Agbowo and other places with a large number of students, the bulk of whom are University of Ibadan students.
We would want to inform Mr. Governor that a number of our students have been victims of these attacks, which have resulted in significant injuries and, in some cases, death.
While letters have been sent to your office to address these security concerns, we however find it upsetting that the situation has been treated lightly, and the lack of security has persisted.
The Union is saying without mincing words that all UITES can no longer rely on the state’s Chief Security Officer for the protection of lives and property because of his incompetence, outdated and inadequate techniques for maintaining effective security in Oyo State.
Additionally, the Union is intimating Mr. Governor that his carelessness has caused some parents to lament the children they have sent to school. We’re not shocked, Mr. Governor’s children are out of the country, so maybe that’s why he’s unconcerned. We do hope, though, that he puts himself in the shoes of these parents and goes through what they are going through right now.
Equally, we are not unmindful of the fact that Mr. Governor is absolutely aware of these circumstances, but he is most likely waiting for more cases and dissatisfaction to arise before taking action.
We also want to bring the traffic accidents that have been occurring in front of UI to the attention of the governor of Oyo State, H.E Seyi Makinde.
You are well aware of how congested the road is on a daily basis. You simply haven’t seen a compelling motive to act. You can’t say that you and your envoy haven’t taken this route before and observed how things are whenever you pass through. You know there are no traffic lights or speed limits, and you can’t deny that students are more likely to be hit by cars or motorcycles when attempting to pass. Accidents have occurred in the past. Some have resulted in student deaths, while others have caused lasting injury. Last year, two students died on the same day! The absence of speed breakers to lower or even stop speeding motorists is one of the key causes we have been able to detect, since the Mr Governor decided to turn blind eyes to them.
In light of the foregoing, Mr. Governor, we would like to voice firmly our requests!
First, you should speak openly with us and apologise to everyone who has been a victim of various attacks. You should also convene an emergency meeting with all security agencies in Oyo State to adequately address these security challenges which will herald positive results.
Second, we demand that speed breakers and traffic lights be installed in front of UI and other critical areas, with traffic officials on hand to regulate circumstances to forestall breakdown of gadgets.
On this point, we implore you, Mr. Governor, to consider this as a top priority and address these two salient issues right away.
If you do not solve these issues, we would have no choice but to mobilise the bodies of Nigerian student associations to oppose while protesting against your ineffectiveness in those areas of concerns.
Rest assured Mr Governor that we won’t stop until you do something worthwhile!
Aluta Continua* , Victoria Ascerta!