BUSARY AND SCHOLARSHIP; PROMISES UNKEPT
“When the essence of a thing is not known, then abuse is inevitable”
Your Excellency; I am writing this letter to you not only as an executive of the National Assocation of Osun State Students (NAOSS) but also as a citizen of the state who has been deprived of his entitlement as a student.
First and foremost, I would like to appreciate your excellency, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, the executive Governor of the state of Osun for your many efforts towards the development of our dear state.
It is glaring that the governor has contributed immensely towards the development of educational system in the state through infrastructures; building of beautiful edifices as classroom,
enticing conducive environments for learning and school buses meant for the transportation of students to schools. All these are wonderful actions that need to be appreciated.
Your excellency; you have done so well even though teachers are receiving part-payment as salaries which has negatively affected the speed of development in our education sector.
One of the many responsibilities of responsible pressure groups or students associations like ours is to serve as watchdog for the actions and inactions of the government and also to agitate for the rights and entitlements of our members.
On this note, I write on behalf of Osun state students who have been deprived of their rights, entitlements and forsaken by your administration. Permit me to take you through the historical line, it should be noted that it was during the administration of Gov.
Olagunsoye Oyinlola that students of Osun state have recieved bursary which by implication means that your administration has not duly paid bursary since inception apart from the shady deals of paying medical and law students which lasted for a year.
Some voices have been lost to the realities on ground based on the state of the economy of our dear state but we have resolved that silence is no more golden as we the students of Osun state are tired of the lies and deceits of the government of the day.
It is so disheartening that tertiary education has been neglected by your administration and the woeful state of our tertiary institutions is remorseful.
It bothers the mind that there is no specific project executed by your administration for state institutions rather poor welfare condition, decay in infrastructures, increment in tuition fees throughout the state are visible projects you have done for us.
It is glaring that the governor is playing with the intelligence of comrades and officials of students’ associations within the state.
He has taken the silence of these officials, cadres and comrades for granted; they know the economic realities of the state but the governor has dodged from responsibilities under the pretense of economic realities.
As a former students’ union leader and product of struggle, he ought to know how the system works and should work in line with its mode of operation.
Your excellency; you have promised us in one of our meetings that scholarships will replace bursary as a result of the economic realities on ground but it is pathetic that we trusted you and you sold our trust to the dogs.
The students’ populace need your timely intervention on these issues raised and it is my belief that as a proactive governor; you will surely attend to them.
A word is enough for the wise.
Comr. Olatundun Taofeek Abiodun (KHENT)
Financial Secretary of the National Association of Osun State Students (NAOSS), National body