By Kris Obiaje
The Students Union government of the Ondo State University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa has distanced itself from a purported press statement circulating in the media, which allegedly indicates that it condemned the street protest embarked upon by students of its sister university, Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko, over the recently announced new school fees by the state government.
In a statement on Tuesday 10 April, jointly signed by Ogunjimi Tolulope James a.k.a Jimmy Tee, Public Relation Officer and Oladunmoye Abiodun Kingsley , President of OSUSTECH, SUG, respectively; said the alleged press statement which began circulating in the media from Monday, was not only a lie, but a wrong speculation.
The union leaders debunked it as rumour and stated that OSUSTECH students in collaboration with the SUG stood in solidarity with their AAUA comrades in the protest which rocked Akure City on Monday and paralyzed commercial activities, especially in the Oba Adesida, Hospital road and Alagbaka axis when it lasted.
Th statement said, “The orientation has been re-engineered and the level of thinking has changed drastically which has given us the willingness to fight for Nigeria students as justice is our priority. We are totally in support of the protest as we want a better life for all and education must be affordable by all.
The union leaders submitted that there should be no reason for a sitting government to commercialise education, as even it claimed that government officials are products of free education.
“Freely they were given but using it to torment life is what they have chosen to do and we say no to this. On this note we glad to inform the general public that OSUSTECH students and union leaders never went against the protest but we stood gallantly till a compromise was reached.
They equally denounced one Ifeoluwa Phillip, who was said to have signed the earlier statement, stating that he is not a student of OSUSTECH.
“The press statement from him is political and he is not representing the interest of Nigeria students. We will continue to fight until our agitations are met. We are gallantly ready to save Ondo State tertiary institutions and education must be affordable and not commercialised.(sic) “.