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OUR UNION AND THE REBRANDING PROJECT

Historically, past union leaders have contributed so much in the defense of our common heritage, some of these leaders contributed at the expense of their academics, some were suspended thereby graduating after their colleagues have long graduated, and some were killed in the process of defending our common heritage (Afrika and others)...‎

It is however barbaric and disheartening that the sacrifices paid by these past leaders is gradually losing its effect on our collective existence. *The current crop of union leaders have utterly failed in creating any social, political or educational movements in the country...*‎

Unfortunately almost everything that our past union leaders fought against is what we have on our campus today, the welfare condition on campus is deplorable, unnecessary increment in tuition fees and other national issues that our past union leaders stood against...

I understand very clearly that there are prerequisites which have to be met in order for our struggle to proceed on the correct path to liberation for ourselves and other oppressed people in the society. Our union is rich with a firm ideological foundation which provides us with the power to stand firm against attacks from the oppressors and put us in a position to deal with ideological revisionists and dogmatists...

Our union ideological strength serves as the most important weapon in our struggle to eliminate the evils of anti-masses policies and organizational hangs-ups within our ranks of people. This ideological foundation provides not just Great Ife students but the general masses with a guide to judge us as we move among them with implementation of our programs...

Unfortunately, the current Students’ Union leaders we have had in recent times have no straightforward venue in which to emphasize and articulate their political idealism at this time. This trend is due to the structural relationship student politics has with mainstream politics. Union leaders are now busy seeking for cheap favors from corrupt politicians rather than coming up with positions and policies that promote, defend and facilitate the interest of the oppressed...

Great Ife Students Union over the years until recently have been the vanguard of students’ unionism in the country, setting the pace for other student’s bodies to follow. Therefore, if Great Ife Students’ Union dies unionism dies in Nigeria...

Meanwhile, considering the rebranding project, it is important for all of us to take core cognizance of the fact that there is nowhere in the world where democratic political system is practised that the constitution is left unattended to, the constitution of any country or organization is the bedrock upon which the country or organization operates. So therefore, the need to amend or review is taken very seriously so as to get in contact with the changing economic and political realities...‎

Unfortunately the OAU Students’ Union constitution was last amended over 20years and this has created a great disparity between the constitution, and the political and economic realities on our campus. Thus, there is an immediate need to amend Great Ife constitution to suit the realities on our campus. The constitution is the foundation of our collective existence and it must be taken very serious...

Also, under the rebranding project, the welfare and wellbeing of the generality of Great Ife students will be the top priority of our ideals because that is the real essence of the union. Any union that fails to take into immense consideration the welfare and the wellbeing of its member is no longer a union but a gathering of selfish people. We must not tolerate any form inhuman treatment by the university management and the Nigerian government...

Over time, most especially in recent times, our Union has embarked on so many struggles that has resulted into an exercise in futility because those things that we fought against are still living with us under this present realities on campus. *The effort and strategies deployed by recent past leaders has shown that our union is not updated...*

Researches have shown that it is only a fool that uses the same tactics and strategies and expect a different result. The university management over the years has reviewed our tactics and discovered strategies to not just frustrate our struggles but to also kill the struggle by suspending the students’ union activities and suspending students' union leaders. Thereby shutting down the university and the problems we fight against still being with us after spending months at home, amounting to waste of our precious time and begging for reopening...

The rebranding project will focus on means to overhaul this long aged strategies by institutionalizing the Union activities and dealing with viable institutions that enhances fundamental human rights in the society which in the end will force the management to our own terms. This ‘rebranding’ project will be proactive in nature and not reactive...‎

We must focus more on modern age strategies to enhance proper welfare for the generality of Great Ife students, though the traditional 3C’s (consultations, consolidation and confrontation) are still very much viable and it will be deployed in a much more rebranded format to suit the current realities. There might be need to confront but before that option of last resort is employed, I strongly believe the ‘rebranding’ strategies would have yielded the needed result, thereby giving no room for physical confrontation and no reason to have the university shut down during the rebranding tenure...‎

However, it is important to note that our Union is not a coward and must not be seen as such, but as a union it is important to do things differently considering the changing realities on our campus. *I strongly belief that the ‘rebranding project’ is the answer.

We must all know that excellence is a quality of being outstanding; it is not a trait, hence it cannot be inherited.

There is no one way of achieving excellence academically; it is how you apply the principles governing it that determines the outcome, like the saying goes success is like science if you have the conditions you have the results. So excellence comes with a price, only those who understand its worth can pay for it. If we do not set an achievable target for ourselves and work towards its attainment with labour and sweat we will discover very late that we are studying aimlessly...

We must all be ambitious and always aspire to be the best because we deserve it; we must not settle for less but we must try to beat every record set by men and set by ourselves...

We believe in ourselves, set our plans and develop strategies to accomplish them. We must set targets academically this semester and go for it with outright and stubborn determination, violent enthusiasm and fervent optimism...‎

Time is a free but non-renewable resource, so spend each moment wisely.

Together, we can rebrand the students' union to serve and work for us...
PRESiding over the students' union with you...


Oyekan Ibukun Edward

Dr. IBK
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