RE: Niger Delta University: Victim of the paradox of a political style – By ASUU NDU
"I would admonish NDU ASUU chapter to desist from venting out their self induced frustrations and vituperations on innocuous students and hide their tail inbetween their legs like the proverbial dog did when he was ashamed of his act."
I have read with shock and annoyance, that the ASUU chapter of Niger Delta University (herein referred to as NDU ASUU) chapter is blaming the schools union government as a contributory factor in the lingering strike for their continued silence. An excerpt released by NDU ASUU chapter reads this:
"Over fifteen thousand people of the Niger Delta University have been sent to the embrace of idleness, hunger and starvation. The lecturers, the students and the non-academic workers form this population. What will this population be doing now at home? Most worrisome is the fact that the university’s student union government and the Niger Delta University Alumni Association are not also bothered about the closure of the university. In very civilized societies, student unions have a responsibility to play a role to broker peace between government and the striking workers for students to return to school. For as long as stake holders are not concerned about the welfare of Niger Delta University lecturers and workers, for as long as the question of calling off of the ANC action embarked upon by the workers of the university is not put on the priority list of Bayelsa people and government, students will remain at home even if the governor decides not to address the Niger Delta University problem for the rest of his stay in power. In whose interest have students of Niger Delta University been sent home painfully? With the way things are in Bayelsa State, the daily chanted and ritualized ideology of restoration is pungently hypocritical.
Click here to read full statement by NDU ASUU
In law, I have been taught particularly by a case that self induced frustration, does not ammount to frustration in law, and that a frustrated person cannot hide under the delusion of his frustration.
I am making this assertion in order to link the Niger Delta University (herein referred to as NDU) who is akin to a freed slave who has turned what could have been a blessing into venoms of hatred.
The accusations of the Student Government in NDU is not true, and must be discountenanced with by every right thinking individual. Such remains a mere attempt to colour the minds of its readers and nothing more.
For avoidance of doubt, NDU has no student government. What they have is Student Caretaker Committee when the institution in its tyrannical way disband the student union towards the end of the 2014/2015 academic session.
On resumption of the 2015/2016 academic session, it will interest you to know that students were forced to fill "Good Conduct Form" commanding good conduct from students and prescribing any form of protest within or outside the school by student reeling out stiff punishments on erring students ranging from expulsion to lighter punishments such as rustications for two semesters.
Not long ago, I called on the school to immediately set up a student union government in one of my many publications.
(Click here) to go to RE: The Legal Perspective of the MPC Rule and Role of Management in the Recent Students Uprising in Niger Delta University.
Now that NDU ASUU is in a face-off with Governor Seriake Dickson, they now understand what it means to have a vibrant student union.
They kept quiet, connived and watched the University silence the voice of students. Today, they are in need of student's voices to pressure the government. Nemo fit injuria, one who consent to or promotes the occurrence of the facts he relies on, should not complain.
The current face-off between the school management and the state government is a replica of the relationship between the school management and the student union before it disbandment. Again, this is evidence in the fisticuffs which ensued between the school and students of the Engineering department.
Where was the NDU ASUU when students union was banned?
Where was NDU ASUU when students were made to pay fifty thousand naira (50,000.00) as surcharge fee without recourse or due consultation with the student union in a state describe by economic experts as a civil service state and most parents were owed by the state government?
Where was NDU ASUU when graduates were arrested by the Seriake led administration during his first stint as Governor for carrying out a peaceful protest against unemployment rate in the state?
I would admonish NDU ASUU chapter to desist from venting out their self induced frustrations and vituperations on innocuous students and hide their tail inbetween their legs like the proverbial dog did when he was ashamed of his act.
You cannot get others to do an act which you cannot do!
|Aluzu Ebikebuna Augustine|
Aluzu Ebikebuna Augustine
Faculty of Law,
University of Uyo
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