‘Students’ unionism, incubator for progressive political leaders’
Students unionism has been described as a major factor that reshaped the political careers of prominent politicians in the country, including Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu and others.
The global President of the Alumni body of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Wale Olaleye, stated this after donating books worth N1.4 million to the institution’s library.
Olaleye described students’ unionism as an incubator for progressive politicians and virile administrators around the world and assured that it would engage the school authorities with a view to resuscitating the union.
He further stated that the association would not relent in its quest for the university to attain a status of a world-class citadel of learning.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, stressed that tertiary institutions must step out of their confines and position themselves to be part of the solution to societal challenges through innovation and research.
He encouraged academics and the alumni body to leverage local talents in the university students’ union system and scale-up activities to build a better society through a knowledge-based approach.