There is serious cracks in the National Council of the Federation of Oyo State Students Union (FOSSU), following discordant tunes being sung by the leaders of the union.
The union president, Olalere Damola, had recently flayed Governor Abiola Ajimobi’s educational policies, and therefore threw the weight of the students behind the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Teslim Folarin ahead April 11 election.
But on Monday, the twelve other executive members in the union from the Vice-President down to other officers disowned their President and instead aligned themselves with Ajimobi’s ‘giant strides’ in the same sector.
The Vice-President, Yusuf Imran, at a press conference held at the state council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Iyaganku, Ibadan, pointedly declared that Olalere Damola’s statement ‘did not represent the decision and stance of the other twelve (12) executives and our association at large.’
To this end, Imran urged politicians in the state to base their campaigns on issues aimed at developing the state, just as he appealed to politicians to refrain from the distortion of issues for political gains.
The association lauded Ajimobi for the reduction of tuition fees in the state owned tertiary institutions by 50 per cent, resolving the lingering crisis at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), disbursement of bursary award to undergraduates and post-graduate students in the state, distribution of buses to 12 tertiary institutions in the state including FOSSU, granting autonomy to Ibarapa and Oke-Ogun Polytechnics, construction of new National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) camp, as well as construction of six model schools in the state.
The association also used the medium to inform their colleagues that the state government has concluded plans to pay bursary to deserving students.