OAU Student Union President Suspended Over N650,000 Fraud
The Students Union President of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Mr. Omotayo Akande, has been suspended over moves to get N650,000 to attend an International Campus Conference at New York, United State of America.
This was contained in a parliamentary resolution jointly signed by the Speaker, Adebari Adedayo; Clerk of the House, Ogunkanmi Omotayo; and Deputy Speaker, Olowofoyehan Oluseun, on Monday.
The president, who was suspended from office by members of the Students Representative Council for a month, was said to have breached procedures for ‘secretly’ requesting the fund from the school management.
The suspended president had allegedly written a letter of sponsorship to the school management for the trip without informing other executive members.
It was learnt that when the information leaked, some members of the students’ legislative arm argued that the moves of the suspended president was suspicious.
According to the resolution, the suspended president was summoned to give his own account after a petition was written against him but was found wanting.
The resolutions read in part, “The House summoned the Students’ Union President to the floor of the Parliament in line with a correspondence written against him by a honourable member of the House, claiming he requested for close to N700,000 sponsorship based on his proposed ‘Trip to the 7th Millenium International Conference for Students’ Leaders’.
“The President claimed there was nothing clandestine in his letter of request for sponsorship as some of the CEC members knew about it.
“The Parliament, being the conscience and guidance of our dear Union, took a constitutional look into the matter. After much observations, debates and submissions from honourables, and of course, gallerians, the President was found wanting of not following “constitutional procedure” by sending his letter of request for sponsorship without the signature of the Union Secretary-General or his Assistant (both claimed to be away) and his failure to inform the House.”
The students also called on the Economic and Financial Crime Commission to investigate the OAU management over increase in school fees.