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Probe illegal mining in OAU — Varsity student union

Probe illegal mining in OAU — Varsity student union

The National Association of University Students (NAUS) has called for a probe of allegations of illegal mining by the management of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State.

NANS also condemned reports of illegal mining activities within the OAU, campus.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Vice Chairman of NAUS in Osun State, Akinyemi Hammed, Deputy National President, Babalola Daniel and National Security Director of NAUS, Eruobami Ayobami on Saturday.

This is coming a few hours after the institution’s management refuted the report, saying it has not entered into any form of lease and agreement with illegal miners.

The student union, however, sympathised with the university community members who are being directly affected by these illegal operations.

The statement read in part, “The safety, health, and well-being of thousands of students, faculty, and staff members are seriously threatened by the recent revelations regarding illegal mining activities near the university’s staff quarters and essential water sources.

“The sacredness of academia is violated when mining operations encroach on university property, endangering the quest for knowledge and enlightenment that academic institutions are designed to promote.”

NAUS called on concerned stakeholders to swiftly resolve the situation at the institution, saying Investigative measures are needed.

“All pertinent parties must give the OAU crisis their immediate attention and take prompt action. We demand that the administration of the institution put the security and welfare of the student body first by acting quickly to put an end to these unlawful acts and hold those involved accountable.

“Furthermore, we implore the Federal Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Solid Minerals, and other relevant organisations to initiate a thorough inquiry into the issue and guarantee that those responsible be held accountable.

“Additionally, we make a call to international organisations to provide their knowledge and assistance in resolving this urgent matter, which poses a threat not only to the neighbourhood but also to the environment and public health.

“Working together is essential to ensuring that our universities remain bulwarks of knowledge and advancement, free from the scourge of illicit mining and other harmful operations.

“NAUS is steadfast in its commitment to fighting for the welfare and rights of Nigerian students, and it will keep a careful eye on events at OAU,” the statement continued

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