SHIM-PHYSIOTHERAPY FOOTBALL VIOLENCE: USA President’s Fate to be Decided in Two Weeks
– KOLAPO Ayobamidele, ABH Press
The disciplinary committee set up by the Student’s Representative Council (SRC) of the UCH STUDENTS’ ASSOCIATION (USA) to look into the allegations of misconduct and violence against the President of the Association has been given two more weeks to gather its facts and give recommendations to the Council on proposed disciplinary measures to be taken against the president.
The extension of time frame was done at the last emergency meeting of the Council which held on July 21, 2019 and was as a result of the complaint of the committee that the one week initially given to it was inadequate to do proper fact finding. The Chairman of the committee, Hon. Oyebamiji of the BMLS Constituency explained that the major challenge faced by the committee was the short time frame it was given as it could not interrogate as many people as it wanted to. He also said that the fact finding was further hampered by the semester break the students of the School of Health Information Management (SHIM) were on, making it difficult to interrogate them.
Nonetheless, the committee was able to establish some facts and also had some recommendations for the Council. The committee established that the then President, Mr. Olaniyi (now suspended) played a verbal role in the fight but was not physically involved. It also established that Mr. Olaniyi walked away from the fight whereas he could have tried to pacify the situation as is expected of a leader. The committee then recommended that the President be re-instated and that he should write a letter of apology to all student associations in UCH and to the Council for the role he played.
After much deliberations and contributions from honourable members across various constituencies it was concluded that since the time given initially was inadequate, the fact finding and recommendations must have been rushed and therefore, not properly done. A motion was then moved by Hon. Ibiyinka of the BMLS Constituency that the recommendations be rejected and that the committee be given two more weeks. It was seconded by Hon. Akeebu of the School of Nursing Constituency.