THE Vice Chancellor, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, AAUA, Ondo State, Professor Femi Mimiko, has advised students of the institution not to allow themselves to be used to disrupt academic activities.
He was apparently referring to the face-off between the school’s branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities and the university authorities last week.
He spoke at this year’s edition of the Vice Chancellor/Students’ Forum which is a regular interactive session between management and student leaders of the institution
He said: “A week or two ago, we had a challenging situation. It was quite dramatic and unexpected – lecturers that are supposed to teach and give you direction actually moved around to get your colleagues to disrupt the peace on campus.
We appreciate the very crucial role that you (student leaders) played to ensure that your university did not go through the problem that those who wanted students to demonstrate envisaged for it.
“The whole plan was to get students to be on the streets, attack some officers of the university and the implication of that is to make the university force itself to close.
I will like to plead with you to continue to maintain the peace. Challenges will come, but as students, you have to decide on how you want to handle things. I am pleading with you, in your own interest as students, to allow peace to reign. You have done a wonderful job in terms of the way you engage with your constituents and I want you to continue in that regard.”