TASUED witnessed massive development during my Regime Said Comrade Prince Adebamiro former SUG President during an interview with the OWL Media Campus Correspondent during the Interview episode in the Celebration of Tasued at 10 with his throwback Image.
Can we get to know you?
I’m Comrade Prince Adebamiro Damilola Oluwanifemi, a former SUG President of TASUED (Reformation 2010/11)
For those who don’t know what TASUED is, can you tell us a little about TASUED?
TASUED is the premier University of Education in Nigeria, second in Africa and eighth in the world. It was founded in 2005 by the Otunba Gbenga Daniel led administration.
Please share some of your experiences in TASUED; andspecifically, your role as a student in the development of the school.
My experience in TASUED, hmmm! It was a wonderful experience, I learnt so much in TASUED. I joined the Students’ Representative Council in 2007 before I became the Chief Whip of the same house in 2009. I had gainedso much experience in the house thatI decided to contest for the post of the Presidency after immense pressure from loved ones who believed wholly in me. To the glory of God, I emerged the winner in what I call a keenly contested election.
So,I can say that I gained what I call administrative skills and vital experience.TASUEDtaught me to be a team player and leader;TASUED taught me crisis management and several other things.
Well, during my tenure as SUG president, TASUED witnessed massive development – but it wasn’t my making. First off, after my emergence,I brought in my opponents to head one committee or the other; so,I benefitted from their ocean of experience. Comrade Dada Stephen initiated the “Voice of TASUED”. That same year, he was also the Chairman of Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) while Salami Felix was Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).I must confessthey were a great team to work with.
We had vibrant Legislative and Judiciary arms of Government. We were able to build a good relationship with the then State Governmentled by Otunba Gbenga Daniel, who really supported us and granted all our requests as soon as he saw them. For instance, we requested for Union buses and he gave us without delay; when I sent a message to him concerning construction of some roads within the students’ resident areas, he worked on them without delay.
In terms of welfare of the students as stipulated in the constitution, it was my priority and based on that,I can beat my chest that we delivered on all our electoral promises; we won all the duels we engaged in. We stood firmly against any decision which was not in the interest of all our students; it was really demanding but with God on our side, we won . . .
My greatest challenge, well, there were challenges but I didn’t see them as challenges, I saw them as stepping stones. I saw beyond those challenges, I left then in the hands of God who can settle any kind of problem with the snap of His fingers. The greatest challenge I had was balancing my studentship with student unionism. Throughout my 400levels,I only attended lectures twice. It wasn’t so easy, funny how a 4.33 CGPA dropped to 3.48 but all I can do is to thank God for being with me all through, He never left me . .
TASUED @ 10, what can you say about that?
TASUED@ 10; I say congratulations to TASUED but whenever we celebrate these anniversaries, it should always be noted that some people gave a lot to bring TASUED into existence and we must learn to honor them. First, Otunba Justus Gbenga Daniel,but for his thoughtfulnessI wouldn’t have been a graduate of this great school if he had not established this institution. Then, Professor Olukayode Oyesiku, he gave so much for the sustenance of the educational standard; Professor Segun Awonusi also gave his best. We must also remember our hero, ComradeTunji Fashina of blessed memory, he sacrificed his life for the existence of TASUED and worked to make it an institution to reckon with; he died shouting “TASUED! TASUED!! TASUED!!!” May his soul continue to rest in peace.
What are the notable changes and victories recorded on TASUED’s ten year journey; are there wrongs that should be amended or stopped for the advantage of the institution?
In terms of changes and development, the rate at which TASUED moves now is really very slow compared to what we used to have. I think the present Government must do more if TASUED must return to the “then TASUED” in terms of security and so on. Regarding the campus,I think I must give the credit to Professor Mrs.Yemisi Obilade on that and some other things like the ongoing reforms in some of our colleges and departments. It’s my prayer that God will give her strength because she’s a woman in a man’s shoes; it’s not easy but with God, she will continue to excel (amen).
Any final words?
Final words; to all TASUEDites and ex-TASUEDites, TASUED is our home and alma mater. We must not forget to contribute our quota to the development of the institution.Very soon, she will be at the same level with the great UI, the prestigious OAU and the highly respected UNILAG. We must be good ambassadors of this institution. Let’s make TASUED proud. God bless us all!
Long live COSIT!
Long live COHUM!
Long live COSMAS!
Long live COAVOET!
Long live Tai Solarin University Of Education!
His ThrowBack Pictures in Tasued
During His Convocation 2014