NYSC Mobilization – The Students of the Ladoka Akintola University of Technology, on Monday, embarked on a peaceful demonstration over the delay in their statements of result, which they said would affect their mobilization for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme if not sorted soon.
The class ’16 and ’17 students shut down both gates on campus, preventing staff and students from gaining access into (and out of) the school.
They were seen holding placards that read “DON’T USE OUR FUTURE AS A BAIT, MOBILIZE US”, “WE HAVE BEEN DELAYED ENOUGH”, ” GIVE US FREEDOM, MAKE US USEFUL. MOBILIZE US NOW “.
The class ’16 (spillover) students complained about the delay in the statement of result release, which is said to be a mandatory requirement for their NYSC registration.
They lamented on the school’s usual habit of delaying the release of statements of results and how much danger it poses for those who had to be present at the NYSC camp the following day.
On the other hand, Class ’17 students asked that they be mobilized as soon as possible as they couldn’t afford to wait until the following year.
A student of the University, who appears to have led the protest said, “We have been making consultations as regards our mobilization for NYSC for a while now and we figured that this was a necessary step.
“Presently, our ID cards have expired. It has since July 2017 and this is October 2018.
“We are currently referred to as ‘floating’ students, as our projects are yet to be finished and both results from the previous session has yet to be released.”
Another student said, “The school has to begin mobilizing us tomorrow. We have written a letter to them. They have signed it and we are expecting them to do the needful.”
The Dean Of Students Affairs, Dr Adewale in a phone conversation with the Union of Campus Journalists confirmed this to be true.
He said, “I wasn’t told the mobilization had not started. I was quite surprised to find the gates locked when I got to school today.
“However, I have signed an agreement with the students and I promise you that the mobilization would start tomorrow.”