…says no more protests.
The management of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, wishes to assure the general public, particularly those who have been specially invited to the inauguration of Professor Adebayo Simeon BAMIRE as the 12th substantive Vice-Chancellor of the University, that the campus environment is cool, calm and conducive for the programme, even as adequate security preparation has been put in place to forestall any untoward occurrence.
A release by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Abiodun Olarewaju, urged the staff, students, the entire University Community, guests, and other stakeholders to disregard, in its entirety, any release threatening to disturb the peace and tranquillity of OAU during the inauguration.
This is the sequel to a Press Statement by the Ife Community Assembly, dated 5th June 2022, titled: ” RE: OAU VC INAUGURATION CEREMONY – APPEAL FOR CALM: THE SUSPENDED PROTESTS REMAIN SUSPENDED” and duly signed by comrade Lawrence Awowoyin, J.P, President, Ife Development Board; Dr. Gbolade Famoriyo, President, Ife Progressive Forum; Comrade O. Oyeyinka, President, Great Ife Movement, and their General Secretaries: Rotimi Omisakin, Agbeke Odunmorayo, and L. Adewale, a copy of which was directly sent to the University Management via the public relations officer.
According to the statement: ” Consequently, on behalf of Ife Community, it is hereby declared that NO PROTEST in whatever form on the subject under reference is authorised now in Ile – Ife. “We welcome all guests/persons to the inauguration of the 12th substantive OAU Vice-Chancellor, assuring them of peaceful atmosphere and security, before, during, and after the ceremony”.
The outgoing vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, who would be handing over to Professor Bamire on Tuesday, 7th Jun 2022, appreciated the Ife Community Assembly and urged the University Community and Ile Ife Community to live in peace and maintain their age-long cordiality.
Professor Ogunbodede thanked everybody who has contributed, one way or the other, to the overall success of his administration. He, also, pleaded for more support from the University stakeholders for his successor so that OAU will attain much greater heights and be one of the leading institutions of higher learning in Africa.