Varsity Staff demand Pounded yam from Post graduate students – AAUA VC reacts

The acting vice chancellor ,Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko ,Ondo state, Prof. Olugbenga Ige has described as shameful act , the complaints that staff of the school allegedly demand wraps of pounded yam, drinks and other items as inducement from post graduate students of the institution.

He said the school authority would investigate the allegations of forcing post graduate students to do things against their wishes and ensured that it put an end to it.

Prof Ige stated this while reacting to complaints made by the members of the alumni association of the institution at the 2020 delegate assembly held on the school campus.

Members of the association had alleged that staff of the school would always demand for specific number of wraps of pounded yam with delicious soup , crates of soft drinks ,bitter kola, packets of biscuits and sweets before they could be attended to when post graduate students want to defend their PhD. thesis.

Represented by Prof. Victor Olumekun , the VC said “ I want to apologize to you and to everyone who have had reasons to be so aggrieved about the treatment they have received from our staff in the university.

If our students are not properly treated, they would not want to come and give back to the school.

It is a big shame. But I can assure you of one thing, the university is upto the task.

The university would investigate and look into all your complaints and if mountains have to be shifted ,they will be shifted because Adekunle Ajasin University wants distinctions.

And I will make a personal report to the vice chancellor when I get back.

I will also want you to give us a comprehensive reports of all that transpired. Because if I go out and I hear people saying AAUA is asking for pounded yam from students that are defending their PhD ,I will say it is not possible but now am ashamed it is possible.

There is no need to make it a must for students to bring items after they have paid their normal fees.

I do not see any benefit in all the things that have been done, but tradition changes when atrocities like this is brought to the notice of those that can effect change to the system.

Demanding for pounded yam from students are the things we should not be mentioning with AAUA.”

The Acting Vice Chancellor of the Institution commended the leadership of AAUA alumni for deploying strategies to mobilize more members to the Association.

Prof. Olumekun
Addressing the alumni ,a Don , Bolanle Ogungbamila urged alumni of the Adekunle Ajasin University ,Akungba akoko AAUA to consider the establishment of a viable cooperative society for their association to achieve its vision.

The lecture was titled ‘Alumni and Cooperative Societies: Can AAUA benefit from the Two-Level sustainable Development Fulcrum ?

The professor of industrial and organisational psychology,pointed out that setting up a cooperative society would be beneficial to both members and their alma mater.

He urged the alumni to tap into opportunities of cooperative society such as a pool of human resources pool of social capital , getting grants from government and international donor agencies.

During the delegate assembly, new executive members were elected to pilot the affairs of the Alumni association for the period of another two years.

The elected Executives were: President, Adetoba Temitope; Vice President I, Oladunmiye Abimbola; Vice President II, Dr. Sunday Oladipupo; General Secretary, Oluwaseyi Samuel Oluwalade.

Others are Treasurer, Akintan Akinyemi; Events and Publicity Officer, Owoeye Adewale; Director of Women Services, Adeleye Taibat; Legal Adviser, Barr. Bayo Okelola and Dr. Olarewaju Yusuf, Ex Officio.

In a remark , the president of the association, Temitope Adetoba  who was reelected for second term in office commended the electoral body for a hitch free conduct of the hybrid election, promising to work closely with the Advancement Office of the University.

Highlights of the congress was the swearing in and presentation of certificate of return to the newly elected executives members.

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