UNILAG Students Union calls for proper funding of education

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Welfare Secretary, Olanisimi Oluwatobi (left), Public Relations Officer, UNILAG Students Union, Adegunoye Olakunle Charles, President, Abiodun Martins and General Secretary, Babalola Olufemi Paul at the Press briefing.

THE University of Lagos Students’ Union under the leadership of Comrade Abiodun Martins as the Union President has called on President Muhammadu Buhari’s led government to ensure the continuation of the N1.3 trillion needs assessment funding to public universities.

The Union also solicited the strict adherence to the 26 per cent budgetary funding policy by UNESCO. During its inaugural media chat at Students Union Building, University of Lagos, the Union, after its more than ten years proscription, passed a ‘vote of confidence’ on the incumbent Vice Chancellor, Prof. Rahmon Bello and the Dean of Students Affairs, Prof. G.B. Babawale for their outstanding roles in lifting the proscription.

“These outstanding scholars in their respective fields took it upon themselves to put in place processes that finally led to the lifting of the proscription placed on the students union since January 19, 2005. “Their predecessors never dared to achieve this feat due to selfish reasons that benefitted themselves and their cronies.

“Since the inauguration of our executives, we have been enjoying tremendous support from the management team but we are anticipating further co-operation, especially in the areas of executing projects that are beneficial to the students” the Union said.

The Union advocated the adequate representation of youth in the incoming government and therefore called on President Buhari and all newly sworn-in governors to appoint their political aides on students and youth matters from among the past student union leaders with proven track records.

The Union warned that anything short of this would be met with stiff resistance. Commenting on the various challenges confronting the nation bordering on power and fuel scarcity among others, the Union blamed the ugly development on corruption and called on President Buhari to justify the confidence reposed in him as a unique leader who has zero-tolerance for corruption.

It also appealed to the government to ensure that those that would be appointed as heads of tertiary institutions should be those that would be students-friendly administrators, as this would invariably reduce crisis on campuses.

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