The Student Union Government of the Osun State Polytechnic, Iree has reacted to the suspension of its activities by the authorities of the institution.
Recall that the management of the school had announced the suspension of the school’s Student Union activities following a violent demonstration last Saturday by the students over the death of their colleague, Sheu Hameed.
Sheu had collapsed in the examination hall after writing his paper and was rushed to the school’s health centre.
But the students alleged that medical personnel had left the clinic as at 4:30pm when the dying student was rushed in.
Sheu was said to have been taken to a private hospital outside the campus where he gave up the ghost.
Angered by the alleged negligence of the health centre workers, students stormed the school’s health centre on Saturday and set it ablaze.
The rampaging students burnt the school’s ambulance, bus and other medical equipment.
To this end, the school management had in Saturday ordered the students to vacate the campus while the institution was shut down.
Rising from a meeting on Monday, the authorities of the institution suspended its student Union activities pending investigation of the arson.
This was contained in an internal memorandum signed by the school’s Registrar, M. Salami on Monday, a copy of which was obtained by our correspondent.
In a reaction, the president of the Student Union Government, Comrade Bolaji Olaniyi (Hope) described the management’s decision as unwarranted and claimed that the demonstration over Sheu’s death was hijacked by those he described as “miscreants.”
He said the student Union did not vandalise the school health centre insisting that “if the management has investigated this matter, there wouldn’t have been basis for suspending our activities because the student Union has nothing to do with the vandalisation of the health centre.
Olaniyi told on correspondent on the telephone on Monday evening that ” we dissociate ourselves from whatever that might have led to the vandalisation.
“I was addressing the students during the peaceful protest but some miscreants were busy vandalising the medical centre and other property. I will urge the management to give circumspection to this case. There is no reason for this suspension at all.
” I will urge the management to do a thorough investigation and fair presentation of the report of the investigation,” the SU president said.