There was confusion at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) in Ondo State, following the change of venue for the swearing-in ceremony of Students’ Union Government (SUG) leaders. The management moved the event unannounced on the swearing-in day from 2,500-searter auditorium it is usually held to Hilltop Hall.
CAMPUSLIFE gathered that the management changed the venue to stop the ceremony after the president-elect, Ibrahim Oluwanifemi, failed to write a letter to pledge that he will not lead any protest during his tenure. The management, it was learnt, requested for the letter.
There was chaos at the 2,500-searter auditorium when students learnt about the development. The atmosphere was charged as students threatened a showdown should the management foil the swearing-in.
Addressing the students on the development, Ibrahim noted that his refusal to write the letter was informed by his pledge not to support anti-students policies
He said: “I am here to serve the students and to fight against oppression. The letter will stop me from doing that if I had written it. What is now the essence of being the president?”
Management said it demanded for the letter because of the “violent candle-light procession” held recently for a deceased student. The school, it was gathered, traced the violence to some students, some of whom were elected into the incoming union executive.
The school said the letter was to assure management that such an act will not repeat itself.
All attempts to speak to the Vice-Chancellor (VC), Prof Joseph Fuwape, were futile; his secretary told our reporter: “The Dean of Students’ Affairs has met with the VC and they have discussed the issue; they are not ready to bend.”
At the time of this report, there were speculations that the management was planning to install caretaker committee to run the affairs of the union. The elected students vowed not to write any letter that will put the union “in a tight corner”.