The group talked about the threat message came from the place of work of the college Dean of Students’ Affairs, Professor Musa Obalola.
The Students’ Solidarity Community Against Fee Hike has condemned the College of Lagos (UNILAG) management over a threatening message issued by strategy of Telegram to students for talking towards hike in some of the costs imposed on them by the college authorities.
In a press observation launched by the group on Saturday, the group talked about the threat message came from the place of work of the college Dean of Students’ Affairs, Professor Musa Obalola.
The observation added that the overt acts of the college management confirmed that they weren’t ready to present students’ pursuits priority whereas making decisions, and suggested the entire students to face up and organise a formidable union to present protection to their pursuits.
The observation reads: “The Students’ Solidarity Community Against Fee Hike is responsive to a glossy pattern bordering on victimization and threat messages issued to students who maintain dared to particular their concerns and frustration relating to the rate hike, criminal increment of hostel fees, the irrational extension of the college resumption date, and the lack of readability on the date of hostel balloting.
“These threat messages were viewed on one Telegram group with the name “Glossy UNILAG Students Info,” where over 10,000 UNILAG students take half in on-line discussions.
“These re-going down threat messages were established to come from one “MUSS” account, who serves because the group admin and is rumoured to be associated with the Dean of Student Affairs (DSA), Professor Musa Obalola.
“We wish to recount categorically that such actions supposed to create apprehension among students are no longer most efficient childish nonetheless they additionally trudge towards the foundations of freedom of expression and the wholesome replace of recommendations that are fundamentals of a success academic establishments.
“It’s our agency belief that every scholar has the true to particular their opinions without apprehension of retribution, and this try at intimidation is condemned in the strongest terms.
“We fancy to assemble it unequivocally clear that we won’t tolerate the intimidation of any scholar all over this war and any try to stifle the voices of students who witness to raise consideration to disorders that maintain an affect on every scholar in the College, will most likely be met with stiff and mass resistance.
“Right here is additionally a clear signal to a couple of our colleagues who will most likely be below the look that this Administration is drawn to the restoration of the College of Lagos Students’ Union (ULSU) as promised.
“Other folks that are threatening you already on a Telegram group can’t “give” you a Union that represents your pursuits. It’s time we all upward push to prepare ourselves in a Union. The legitimacy of our Union is no longer derived in a ceremony organized by Administration.
“We assume that the educational atmosphere needs to be a dwelling where students are inspired to particular their recommendations, ask the build of dwelling quo, and make contributions to the betterment of our institution and the country.
“We implore the college management to respect the rights of students to particular their concerns without apprehension of persecution and to correct away end the kind of actions that undermine the foundations of academic freedom and open discourse.”