UI Swears In New Student Union Executives, VC Pledges Support

By Deborah Odekola, IBADAN |

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Professor Kayode Adebowale, has reaffirmed the institution’s commitment to the welfare and holistic growth of its students.

The VC stated this at the swear-in ceremony of the newly elected Student Union Executives of the institution for the 2023/2024 academic session on Monday.

In his address, Professor Adebowale emphasised the critical role of the Student Union Executive in advocating for student rights, addressing concerns, and fostering a sense of community.

According to him, the Student Union acts as a bridge between the administration and the student body, playing a key part in the university’s social, cultural, and academic life.

He highlighted that the University of Ibadan has invested significantly in various support systems to cater to students’ physical, mental, and emotional needs. These include recreational facilities, counselling services, and mentorship programs.

The Vice-Chancellor assured the new executives of the administration’s support and encouraged them to work collaboratively to elevate the university’s standards.

On his part, the Dean of Students, Prof. I. A. Abiona, advised the new executives to utilize the knowledge gained during their orientation and to engage in dialogue rather than confrontation when addressing issues. He reminded them to adhere to the institution’s rules and regulations, guided by the Students Information Handbook.

The outgoing Student Union President, Mr. Samuel Tobiloba Samson, who was represented by his Vice-President, Miss Nofisat Ogunsesan, urged the new executives to prioritise the needs of the students, while stressing the importance of integrity, empathy, and vision in their roles.

He encouraged them to build on existing foundations, address pertinent issues, and collaborate with the university administration.

In his address, the newly sworn-in Student Union President, Mr Bolaji Damilola Aweda, assured the university community that his administration would work to improve the existing framework.

He emphasised fostering collaboration with the school management and various organizations to promote academic excellence and well-being.

Mr Aweda also appealed to the government and university management to reconsider school levies, acknowledging the financial strain on students’ families.

The Registrar, Mr. G. O. Saliu, administered the oath of office to the newly elected officers. Certificates of Return were presented by Mr. Arinola David, Chairman of the Logistics Sub-Committee of the SU Electoral Commission, while the Vice-Chancellor presented letters of commendation to the Electoral Commissioners.

The new Student Executive Committee members sworn in include; President, Aweda Bolaji Damilola,; Vice President, Aboderin Boluwatife Nafisat; General Secretary, Ogundipo Dolapo Japhet; Assistant General Secretary, Christopher Onuh; House Secretary, Elemide Daniel, Treasurer, Onyishi Christian Nwachukwu; Public Relations Officer, Omotayo Olumide Sunday; and Sports Secretary, Adesina Daniel Ademola.

The ceremony was attended by principal officers of the university, Honourable Victor Olojede, the Senior Special Assistant to the governor of Oyo State on Students Affairs, students, relatives, and other members of the university community.

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