By Nafisat Adeagbo
Student union government elections across all levels will take place soon after several semesters of dormancy. This latest development was received in a letter sent to the university community on the 16th of May, 2020.
For about 3 semesters pending the inactivity of the student union, the student body has been represented by the appointed caretaker committee members, led by Anthony Olamide.
The Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Azeem Ige stated in the mail that the last election couldn’t hold because of security concerns from the authorities.
“Management of LAUTECH did not proscribe Student Union. The last election was suspended because of security information from constituted authorities on security matters within the state and thus the need to put in place a caretaker committee of the Student Union so as to avoid any form of vacuum”, he wrote.
The Dean also stated that quality control measures have been put in place by the school authorities to foster a responsible and visionary student leadership. This includes a leadership seminar on Student Union reforms with the theme “Ideal Student Unionism: A Tool for Stable Academic Calendar in Universities”.
According to him, most student leaders do not know the key objectives for which they were assigned rather engaging in keen competition which has led to mayhem and anarchy both within the campus and outside. They see themselves as enemies, competitors fighting for supremacy of leadership and have overtime made election a big threat to the University Community.
The leadership seminar is scheduled to be held next month and the application of the first 3000 students will be considered. The Dean mentioned that the registration link would soon be made available to the student populace.