The Academic Staff Union of Universities of the Obafemi Awolowo University has urged the university’s administration to set up an independent panel of inquiry to look into the activities of the OAU Health Centre.
Recall that a 24-year-old female student of the Department of Foreign Languages, Aisat Adesina was said to have died due to negligence by the university’s Health Centre.
ASUU OAU chairman Dr. Adeola Egbedokun, in a statement, said the panel should be set up with a view to finding lasting solutions to the complaints of both staff and students.
He maintained that the alleged circumstances that surrounded the death of the promising young woman were another evidence of the fact that the Nigerian health sector was in a comatose state.
“ASUU OAU will like to urge the university administration to pay diligent attention to the activities at the Health Centre, as we cannot continue to pretend that all is well at the facility. We demand that the university administration should set up an independent Panel of Enquiry to look into the activities of the OAU Health Center with a view to finding a lasting solution(s) to perennial complaints of both staff and students against the Center,” he said.
He stressed that it was indeed unfortunate that a nation that was celebrating its 61st Independence anniversary could not boast of being able to provide quality and affordable healthcare and education for its teeming youths.
“This is happening at a time when resident doctors are on strike over unfulfilled promises by the government. ASUU OAU Congress wishes to commiserate with the family, mates and the entire university community on the unfortunate death of part four female student. The union received with rude shock the news of her death. We also express concern on the events that followed the announcement of this incidence particularly at a time that the second-semester examination is ongoing.”
The union also advised students to be law-abiding and avoid any act or action that would be inimical to the peace and safety of the students, university community, and Osun state as a whole in the course of their legitimate protest.