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Our Institution Name Remains UNIOSUN, Students Tell OSBC

The change of name of the Osun state University (UNIOSUN) by Governor Rauf Aregbeola has been described as illegal and a political misadventure.

The renaming has  sparked a spirited protest among students, alunmi and staff of the University.

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To reiterate their stand, the students of the institution wrote to the Osun state broadcasting corporation (OSBC) over a one-sided broadcast of the station on the controversial renaming of the  University.

 

Read the Letter in full below;

Date: 03 -04-2016

To: Osun State Broadcasting Corporation, OSBC

Through: The Director General,

Osun State Broadcasting Corporation,

Ile Awiye, Oke Baale,

Osogbo.

 

Dear sir ,

 

RENAMING OF OSUN STATE UNIVERSITY, OSOGBO AND OFFENSIVE BROADCAST: A REJOINDER

 

On behalf of the entire students across the six campuses of the Osun State University, Osogbo, we use this medium, Sir, to register our great and combined displeasure at the one-sided broadcast of your station on the controversial renaming of our University. This renaming in honour of Chief Bola Ige and other politicians was announced by the state Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola at the convocation ceremony held at the institution’s main campus, Osogbo on the 9th of March, 2016 and had since been kicked against.

 

Therefore, we consider series of your contemporaneous transmits in which you referred to our esteemed institution as Bola Ige University unmerited and offensive. Because, without hesitation, tyhe change of name is not welcome by us and many others whose interest is the growth of our institution and not it’s continued dilapidation.

 

As an agent of socialization operating under stipulated ethics built on fairness and objectivity, we believe that your station should at least be fair to us, if it cannot be objective on this matter and desist from spreading offensive messages which are in totality provocative. With a thunderous emphasis, the name of our university remains Osun State University and as one of the strong institutions in the state, we wish to inform you herein that there is no going back on our resistance to the needless change of name.

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While our annoyance is not directed at the individuals whom the Governor intends to immortalize, we are opposed not only to the renaming but also to the disquieting manner in which the announcement was made. Even though we understand the provisions of the law that established Osun State University and the power granted to Mr. Governor therein, we emphasize here reasons for which we are perplexed by the announcement: Lack of proper consultations with stakeholders; gigantic cost of implementations; loss of identity; flagrant disregard of due process of Law amongst others.

 

Sir, just as we had earlier pointed out in our letter (dated 24th, of March 2016) to the State House of Assembly, we wish to inform you that the arrangement by the Governor if put into effect will drain the state of much needed funds. The cost of effecting the change of name is not only astronomical and enormous but also cumbersome and burdensome. Virtually every property of the school bearing the inscription of the present name will be affected. This includes the website, the school buildings in their various locations, the students’ and staff identity cards, the signposts and signboards, documents, vehicles, even to the lecterns in the classes and the list is not exhaustive.

 

Bear in mind too Sir, our University is a creation of statute.  The extant law is the Osun State University Law 2006. The Act provides for the establishment, incorporation and administration of the University among others. It clearly states that the state shall have a University with the name Osun State University and it shall have six campuses spread within the state. The names of the campuses are also provided for under the law. With this, it is not difficult to understand that the name announced by the Governor is unknown to the laws of the land which is far-off above everyone in the state including the governor himself.

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Just as we emphatically and unambiguously reject the renaming of our institution and its campuses, we will do everything possible within the armpit of the law to have same reversed and it is our expectation that your station will review its position and henceforth take appropriate step to do things in less provocative manner. While we thank you for your time and anticipated understanding, we hope for a fair coverage of the lingering issues. God bless you and God bless the State of Osun. Osun a dara oo.

 

 

Signed:

…………………………. ……………………………

Com. Adesina Jacob O.  Com. Oyesiji Sheriff

Secretary to the committee       Deputy Coordinator of the committee

09051073215      08062744243

 

……………………………..     …………………………..

Com. Abubakar Abdulbasit O.    Com. Ajilore Sheriff

08168166347                     08066476813

Coordinator of the committee     Secretary (II) to the committee

 

 

CC:

The Commissioner of Police, State of Osun

The Director, DSS, State of Osun

Osun State University Management, Osogbo,

UNIOSUN Parents’ Forum

Governing Council, Osun state University, Osogbo

Alumni Office, Osun State University, Osogbo

Nigerian Union of Journalists Council, Osun State

Nigerian Union of Journalists Chapel, Osogbo.

Signed:

…………………………. ……………………………

Com. Adesina Jacob O.  Com. Oyesiji Sheriff

Secretary to the committee       Deputy Coordinator of the committee

09051073215      08062744243

 

……………………………..     …………………………..

Com. Abubakar Abdulbasit O.    Com. Ajilore Sheriff

08168166347                     08066476813

Coordinator of the committee     Secretary (II) to the committee

 

 

CC:

The Commissioner of Police, State of Osun

The Director, DSS, State of Osun

Osun State University Management, Osogbo,

UNIOSUN Parents’ Forum

Governing Council, Osun state University, Osogbo

Alumni Office, Osun State University, Osogbo

Nigerian Union of Journalists Council, Osun State

Nigerian Union of Journalists Chapel, Osogbo.

 

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