LASU Students Union Joint Session: Executives Give Account of Stewardship to the Parliament
After about five months of steering the affairs of the students’ union, the executive members were summoned to House, headed by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Rasheed Azeez, to give details of their programmes and achievements in their respective offices, since their assumption of office before and after the union’s suspension.
The joint sitting of the Parliamentary and Executive arms, which commenced at exactly 4.30pm was attended by 30 parliamentarians out of the 70 which makes up the House.
While called upon to address the joint session, the President of LASUSU, Comrade Akeem Durojaiye enunciated his achievements to include; the stalemate fight against the fees hike; the celebration of the Freedom Icons last June12, among others.
Durojaiye, however, blamed the not too impressive performance of his administration to the suspension of the union, which came in the wake of last November’s protest against the fees hike. This, he termed “an element of delay in governance.”
Meanwhile, a mild drama enveloped at the sitting, when the Welfare Director of LASUSU, Comrade Taoreed Quadri was suspended for a month, for what the Hallowed chamber termed gross misconduct and disregard for the Parliamentary gathering.
Interestingly, the suspension came as a shocker to the flamboyant dressed Comrade, who had already rolled out drums to celebrate his birthday in grand style, shortly after the sitting.
Meanwhile, Hon. Nasir Ojopoke from Faculty of Sciences was appointed to act in the capacity of the suspended Director.
Another drama also ensued in the House, when one Hon. Lateefat from Social Sciences Constituency moved a motion for the suspension and later removal of the Vice President of LASUSU, Fisayo Sanni, for not being responsive, not working with the union’s Academic Committee, thereby leading to the reported mass failure in various departments of the school.
Opposing the motion, Hon. Masari from Education constituency countered that the mass failure might be owing to students’ lacklustre attitude to study ahead of their exams. Following this motion, majority of the honourables vehemently opposed Hon. Lateefah’s motion to remove the the vice president and the motion was subsequently annulled by the Speaker.
The Social Director of the union, Comrade Jerry Kabiri, was quizzed by the House for embarking on Miss LASU Competition without any proposal forwarded to it, even as he was also flayed for embarking to seek sponsorship from corporate organizations without the approval of LASU-SPC.
Moreso, the allegation file piled up at the session as the Financial Secretary, General Secretary were also quizzed for various misdemeanors.
High points of the joint session were the suspension of all the students’ union’s activities pending the confirmation and approval of the executive arm’s proposals by the House.
The Financial Secretary of the union was also mandated to forward all accounts before Tuesday (Secretariat’s account, Central account and Bank account); all members of the executive were directed to forward individually, letters of apology to the house before 24hours, even as the president was asked to take a bow before the honourables.
Nonetheless, all off-campus shuttles, the House directed their arrest to ascertain and track those collecting money from them under the disguise of the union, even as all banners conveying Miss LASU Competition were directed to be forthwith removed.
Even as time-table for the 2012/2013 LASUSU elections has been released and the election drums rolling, the Speaker, Hon. Azeez warned members of the executives that “one million may bring them to power, but only one motion can remove them.”
In another development, reacting to the House’s resolution for his suspension, Comrade Quadri known by his teeming students’ fans as (Kogbagidi) said it was shocking when he suspended. “It came as surprise to me as it was on my birthday. I really felt bad, like anyone else will do, but I see the action of the House as unjustifiable because I respected the hallowed chamber.”
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