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Yabatech to restore student unionism on campus



Chairman, Governing Council of Yaba College of Technology (YABATech), Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), has assured students of the institution that the embargo placed on students unionism by the previous council led by Ebenezer Babatope, would be lifted after certain conditions are met.
Fagbemi, who gave the assurance while speaking on YABATech radio, appreciated the students for their support and commended them for the various positive activities they embarked on to complement their studies.


The council chairman, who was recently reappointed, commended the students for being law-abiding, which he said, has greatly engendered peace on campus and provided the enabling environment for the council’s modest achievements during its first tenure between May 2017 and May 2020.
He disclosed that the management with the approval of the council renovated students’ hostels and lecture halls to aid learning and teaching.
The senior advocate solicited their support for orderliness and peaceful co-existence on campus, urging them to be law-abiding and adhere to rules and regulations, which they swore to uphold during their matriculation.


He counseled them to use all available channels of communication to ventilate their grievances when necessary.
According to him, the council will run an open-door policy that ensures fairness and justice to all students in addressing issues that come before it.

“On the issue of students unionism on campus, it is undoubtedly an invaluable aspect of campus life and its importance cannot be over-emphasised in advancing the cause of students and ensuring a vibrant college community. We are all aware of the unfortunate events that led to the prescription of unionism. You will agree with me that no responsible management would allow unlawful or unethical behaviour on campus because of the inimical effects such actions would have on the college.

“It is, however, heartwarming that things have changed for the better and necessary amendments are being made to your union’s constitution in readiness for a full operation soon.”

Furthermore, a special committee set up by management, which includes students’ representatives, is also looking into the constitution, before it is passed to the committee on students affairs, after which the council would finally give its seal of approval for full swing students unionism to begin. I enjoined you to be vigilant and wary of those things that led to the prescription of unionism in the first place, in order to avoid a repeat of same.”
Fagbemi subsequently implored students to adopt the concept of hard work, honesty and integrity, and respect for constituted authority.


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