I could remember few days for my examination to kick off, I started having sleepless nights with loads of assignment and tutorials upon tutorials which tightened my schedules. I had to search for materials to read. I wasn’t prepared enough for this but I doubled my preparation process.
On Friday that preceded Monday that the examination was supposed to start, some rumors started spreading. Our lecturers are going on strike, we may not write the examination. Even after getting a genuine information from a reliable source, I still had to spend one more sleepless night until Monday morning.
I couldn’t believe the news that was flooding my phone. I took a leap of faith to school because I decided to debunk the rumour, knowing fully well that it is true. But as a Mapaite, I couldn’t take such risk to sit back at home when my first examination was scheduled for the morning section.
I got to school, went to the school office to check the sitting arrangement, with my colleagues, we found nothing. For an exam scheduled for 9am and the sitting arrangement has not been pasted around 8am, that was when this rumour started getting real.
We were all in school for hours after the morning exam ought to have started. To my greatest surprise, the school management did not address us on reason(s) why the exam did not hold that morning. Not even the lecturers.
Later in the day, the school management sent a memo claiming that they made necessary arrangements for the examination but our lecturers failed to cooperate with them. Our lecturers are yet to address us, rather they were busy making use of media houses/platforms for their selfish interest.
ASUP MAPOLY has failed us. They failed to tell us why they shy away from their duty the day our exam was supposed to hold. They started a war with the government using us without getting us along. Rather as collateral damage.
We heard from radio stations and TV stations (what we should have known) that the cause of what is happening is the Ogun State Government.
We, in the name of Aluta (that should have confronted ASUP Mapoly), confronted our Governor. He took his time to address us. I could comprehend that he’s not the one who gave the order for our examination not to hold. To my surprise, our Aluta went to rest.
So, I was hoping the intelligent minds in suits and tie would go into action. Rather, our students’ leaders were planning a protest!!! They declared BLACK WEEK. PROTEST AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT? Who does that and win?
The movement started. A peaceful and effective protest. Abeokuta felt it for real. But I didn’t agree with the way we decided to address this issue.
At the end of the day, OGSG through the office of the Secretary to the State in a released statement claimed that;
(1) NBTE has approved 18 courses for the new Ogun State Polytechnic, Ipokia to start operations immediately.
(2) JAMB has given a directive for new students to be admitted for ND programme and the portal has been opened for that. He further released the letters he received from NBTE and JAMB.
I thought to myself, this is a good sign. But, could this be true? I felt within myself that this needs a genuine confirmation. Well, before the close of the day, our students’ leaders did perfect critics and analysis regarding the letters. There were too many flaws in those letters. Government at work.
So, we decided to go to Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Ojere, Abeokuta, to confirm the authenticity of the letters the State Government claimed to have received from NBTE and JAMBconcerning accreditation of Ogun State Polytechnic, Ipokia. Wow! That’s just the perfect place to have gone to. And that was how the peaceful protest turned to BLACK WEEK. Maybe the Acting Rector felt he was being abducted or he felt these students want to turn me against my Oga at the top. The security in Mapoly as we all know lacks intelligent and educated minds. From the CSO to the common Library security, we all know how they harass us while on campus. So, the CSO….as we all know ehn!
Mapoly students no dey get chill now. No blame us o. Na normal thing. We couldn’t tame the Aluta beast, so we unleashed it. Make dem know say werey wa nle oooooo (craze full ground).
Now, we blew everything out of proportion. Mapoly has never experienced this in a long time. Ogun state as a peaceful state and very hostile to such irresponsible displays felt it much that this triggered the anger of the Ogun State Government. Well, NPF on the other hand…no be our friend o. Arrests upon arrests. I sure say dem for don mistake one aboki for Mapoly student.
But for real? Attempted murder bawo? Na Government chicken dem wan kill ni? A Government that the interest of its citizens is Paramount to, will not go to such extreme. A day or two days detention would have silenced us small na.
Pay for damaged properties? You mean the tires we burn? Those tires dey liter everywhere. Na Keep Ogun State clean we do na.
Now, it has gone sour. Not sure when we are going to write our exams. Our heroes (please they deserve it) are being prosecuted for a crime that is (for God’s sake) out of this world. Now, the attention has been shifted. It is now Ogun State dealing with students that don’t want peace for its environment. ASUP Mapoly (the real problem) is now totally out of the picture.
Now, our smart, intellectual and intelligent students have become a political instrument. We’ve turned to opposition party. Is now as if we’re fighting to take Amosun’s Government. I heard a political party (I’m shocked, still exists) saying our President (who should be worried about fuel scarcity) should declare a state of emergency. I thought Boko Haram dey come join force with us ni.
I appreciate our students’ leaders fighting for us to quickly rush into the labour market that is not ready to accommodate us. Our future is bright though. You guys are true leaders. We’ve gotten their attention now and I’m sure this has gone a long way better than doing nothing. I salute that Aluta spirit.
Let’s now come to our proper normal senses. Let’s leave the fight for the Government and ASUP Mapoly. Let’s prove that from now on, we will start showing them how to lead. If we decide to come in between this and let the government and ASUP Mapoly come to a mutual agreement about this matter, this will give both of them the impression that the leadership of the great nation is safe in our hands by the time we start taking over from them (Let’s kick all these old Papa out). How can we achieve this with a protest? Leave protest for Osiomole (I’m sure he won’t advise us to do it if we’d consulted him). Let’s put on the suit and tie (not a fan if it sha). Let’s command respect from both the ASUP Mapoly and the Government.
We deserve to know why ASUP Mapoly decided not to conduct our examination and yet to address the students (they owe us). Let’s meet some influential people at both State and Federal level to come to our aid. Majority of us uses a smartphone (the world in our pockets), let’s make the social media buzz.
A Concerned Student