Simple talk I am really blank this week, so I might do a lot of ‘free styling’ in this week’s column. Most folks are still battling with accommodation palaver where as academic works are in top gear. Already the predictable has been happening in the Faculty of Law: a particular Lecturer walking out of class at the sound of ‘green…green’, LSS aspirants working under ground to sway people to their side, assignments and deadlines, group work with some unserious group elements, prayers and more prayers. The hustle to fill the Student Union offices will soon get fully under way. Already, we are been disturbed about ‘impossibility’ and ‘that guy from Mellanby’. I hope this contest will be much hotter than last year’s and the best hands win. The Pathfinder team (who gave them that name anyway?) will become normal UI citizens again without recourse to SU bus when they are stranded (imagine a jealous mind ha-ha) Hey! How come no one is saying anything about biker man: the one who gives us no rest with his ‘vroooooooom vroom’. I thought he is also in contention. I cannot but forget that I felt cheated this week by the management of the Sultan Bello Hall, having being made to part with N1,000 for late submission of key and another N200 for one very useless ID card. I wonder how much they made from Noble Bellites and what the money will be spent on. In years past, 200L students were told that they were not entitled to automatic accommodation. That has however changed; they now know that if they can obtain letters from Professors, their Hall Warden’s hand will be tied. Like someone said ‘which Hall Warden no go wan become Professor? It has now gotten so bad that even finalists are not accommodated whereas 200L students have since gotten bed spaces. Anyways, the real issue is UI needs more residential halls so more students can be accommodated. Still on Bello, we seem to be the only Hall without a proper place we can call an eatery not to make mention of Cafeteria or Restaurant. The only Shed that claims to be selling foods advertise what Bellites have come to term as ‘Internet Food’ and somehow there nobody is saying anything about it. Bellites keep going to Klazz, Timbuktu and D’Morris to eat. A friend who attempted to eat at the place last week was the fed the ‘best meal he had ever eaten in his life’: a terrible looking whitish substance they called pounded yam and some watery condiments mentioned as egusi soup. Lest I forget, the Penultimate Class of Law were made to pay the N5, 000 Law School processing fee, I wonder why? It’s meant for Finalist. With my little knowledge of UI way of doing things, if complaints are not made on time, one might never get that money again. It will become ‘olele to ba wonu eko, kole jade mo’ The Pathfinder team is giving us a wonderful parting gift; I was priviledge to see the beautiful design that’s been put in place in front of the Student Union Building. There is as well a new sculpture that depicts comradeship. I fear however that they might demolish the Kunle Adepeju/SUTC memorial also in front of the SUB. I will prefer both be left to serve as a reminder of the years of struggle and betrayal under the auspices of the Student Union Transition Committee (SUTC). Those years have being put behind us but that memorial should stay, it will help us remember where we are coming from, where we are and where we ought to be as a Union. I must make mention of the official page of the Student Union on Facebook, the group can be liken to a rudderless ship, no form of control mechanism is in place to check mate folks from taking unhealthy advantage of the group. I believe the Group should be controlled by the Student Union PRO. Unfortunately, he is a medical student and is always very busy. Even when he is on Facebook, he doesn’t seem to want to take control of the way in which people post and comment. The group has no rule laid down by any of the constituted authority. And like they say, ‘where there is no law, there is no crime’ and according to the Bible ‘where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint’. It will be great if something urgent is done about that Facebook group before things get out of hand. Some folks find it so easy to insult others and post vulgar and absolute jargons and they may never stop until some punitive measures are put in place. Finally, I discovered that as Fellowship and other religious bodies are seriously working on trying to catch the fresh guys young, so are some elements such as night clubs attempting to outdo them by recruiting these young and inexperienced minds into their ranks. Stale guys are already catching the fresh girls young too. I will beg that we help these fresh folks to shine their eyes very well so they don’t fall into traps. Teach them the what is right by doing what is right. Well, so much for free styling. See ya next week.
Fatoyinbo Oluwatosin Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 07032487820, 08189441284 http://readlearnandlive.blogspot.com I SEE HOPE! Last week, I had the opportunity and priviledge of interviewing the three Presidential candidates for the Student Union (SU) elections and I came to the conclusion that the future of Nigeria is bright. These three great men had very sound ideologies and are variant in personality; while Ekhator Edosa seems to be the quiet unassuming type, he speaks with fire. Adejare Oluwadare is a Unionist to the core yet who sees confrontational unionism as only the last resort. Tunde Falade is a man of a very wonderful mien though under estimated and wrongly spoken of by many. If these three men were to stand in for the Nigerian Presidential elections, Nigeria will be lit as UI will be in the coming weeks. While passing the great Nnamdi Azikiwe Hall, I overheard an argument between some Zikites. What caught my attention was the vehement argument of one of them. He was of the opinion that it is a shame to the University of Ibadan main campus that there are two Presidential aspirants from the University College Hospital (UCH). I could not help but ask myself the logicality of this argument. UCH is very much a part of the University of Ibadan; there is no difference between the campuses. UCH is only but an extension of the UI main campus and the fact that there are two aspirants from UCH suggests that it is a vibrant gathering of great minds. Apart from the Faculty of Law, UCH was the only that other unit in UI that produced two members of the 2010/2011 SU executives. And who says ABH students cannot do well as SU Executives? I also don’t agree that Franklin Nnakwe (SU P.R.O) didn’t carry out his duties properly because he stays in UCH. I think it was just a personal defect on his part. I also heard a person argue that Adejare Oluwadare is not presentable as the SU President. For heaven’ sake, what has that got to do with what he has to offer the Union? Someone else was of the opinion that he could not even produce a presentable and beautiful poster. The question is ‘do we pick our President based on the beauty of his posters or the beauty of his brain? I do believe that one of the reasons why we have problems is electing people based on what materials they use in campaigning rather than what they say in their manifestoes. I am aware of the importance of great campaign materials but much more, I am aware of the important need to choose wisely relying on the content of their brains. I do hereby submit that Adejare is an intellectual and well presentable as SU President. Tunde Falade has been criticised as having no character but I do hereby submit as well that those who have said this have made such comments from afar without getting to know in toto who Biker Man really is. It has been argued that all he does is riding Bike on campus. Wow! What an argument! I will implore every eligible voters to listen critically and with an open mind to what these guys have to offer; rate who is best and as such let everyman make his decision subject to his conscience. Till next week, remember, to be carnally minded is death. “I have the unction of the Holy One upon me, therefore I know all things” Slim™ 2012