By Amaka Abayomi
It was almost a bloody affair at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, last Saturday, when some students of the institution and serving members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) fought over the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ad-hoc staff jobs.
According to an executive member of the OAU Student Representative Council, Akhigbe Excel, trouble started when the students were barred from joining the corps members in the training, despite the fact that they were shortlisted for same.
“INEC officials refused to allow OAU students to participate on the training after they were shortlisted for the ad-hock jobs. Even when the students asked they be allowed to join the youth corpers for the training, INEC officials insisted they were working with quota given to them.
“The students insisted that until they are allowed the training would not hold and before we knew what was happening, mobile policemen were drafted to the scene to douse the tension.”
“Trouble started when the students discovered that the corp members were writing their names to start the training. Though the policemen shot into the air but the students refused to be scared.”
Akhigbe said the students were betrayed by INEC, especially having gone through a rigorous process to get shortlisted for the job which they are now being denied of.
Explaining further, the student leader said “students from Nigerian tertiary institution were asked to register online, which OAU students did. Some of the students have spent a lot of money as they were asked to submit their original JAMB and had to travel to Osogbo to submit the other forms.” It took the intervention of the DPO and the Area Commander of lfe to calm the students down.