INAUGURAL ADDRESS OF COMRADE ADUNMOYE AYOADE, PRESIDENT OF COMPSSA (College of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Science Student Association) ON THE OCCASION OF HIS SWEARING IN CEREMONY AS COMPSSA PRESIDENT ON WEDNESDAY 18th JANUARY, 2017 AT THE OLD GREAT HALL, CMUL LAGOS
The provost of this great citadel of learning;
The deputy provost
The secretary of the college
The director of student affairs
Assistant director of student affairs
Deans of faculty
Heads of department
My colleagues and fellow COMPSSAITES
In all things, as the Bible compels us, we must give thanks to the almighty God. I sincerely thank and give glory to almighty God, the alpha and the omega, the ancient of days, the I am that I am, the king of kings and lord of lords, the controller general of the whole universe, the lion of the tribe of Judah, the one that says yes and no one can say no and the one that says no and no one can say yes. The one that knows the end from the beginning because He is the beginning and the ending. And as the Bible says, He is the one that raiseth up the poor out of the dust and lifteth up beggars from the dunghill to set them among princes and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the lord and He hath set the world upon them. To those who still doubt the supremacy and miracle of our living God, my victory at the poll on the 16th of December is more than an ample evidence that our God reigneth and is good all the time. I was never the likeliest candidate for this office. I didn’t have the popularity, infact, many voted for me having never met or seen me personally. Just like Donald Trump, I am an entrepreneur with low political profile. I have been actively involved in COMPSSA politics right from my 200 level days. I campaigned and worked with three different administrations. Throughout this time, I didn’t show interest to contest any elective post until late last year. I didn’t contest this post just to become president but because I was desperate to make a meaningful difference. I once volunteered myself to be a member of the taskforce to checkmate the excesses of the extortionist in the COMPSSA complex and college environment, but unfortunately, I was sentimentally ostracized by the last administration. Well, I can say that the stone which the builder rejected has now become the head of the corner. I give all the glory to God.
I want to specially appreciate the DSA headed by the indefatigable disciplinarian in the person of Prof. Folashade Akinsola and the electoral committee chaired by the academic guru, Mr. Alade azeez for doing a thorough job to ensure transparency of the electoral process. I must also appreciate my opponents for this position Uchendu George and Ayobami Agbaje for the spirit of sportsmanship espoused by them before, during and after the election. They campaigned long and hard and endured sacrifices for COMPSSA more than we can imagine. They are great leaders indeed and I look forward to working with them to move our association forward. I congratulate the outgoing president and other executives for a successful tenure. I also congratulate all the elected excos and I consider it a privilege to be among such great minds.
I would not be standing here today without the unflinching support of friends and fellow comrades who God used to make my landslide victory a reality. To my campaign coordinator Gbenga Raphael (mentorium), my chief strategist Deji Gbogi (Jagaban of medilag), my ever supportive, tenacious and courageous chief mobilizer and adviser Akadiri Tayo [ The iron lady] and the triple A campaign team; you made this happen and I am forever grateful for what you have sacrificed to get this done. I will also never forget the immense contributions of these wonderful people: The outgoing lord chancellor of COMPSSA, Lord Anjolajesu Seun [okasaki]; a man of integrity, vision and value and the person who initiated the idea of contesting this position. Also the “no nonsense” former lord chancellor of COMPSSA Lord Adeniyi Babatola, the 2010/2011 COMPSSA president, Mr. Oluwaseun Ogunbona who endorsed my candidacy from USA, 2011/2012 COMPSSA president,Mr. Omojomi Banjo who endorsed my candidacy from Canada, the 2012/2013 COMPSSA president in the person of Mr. Wale Abiodun Peter who gave priceless ideas and suggestions, 2013/2014 president in the person of Mr. Balogun Ismail Babatunde who tactically endorsed me during the debate, 2014/2015 COMPUSA president in the person of Mr. Folashade anthony (Medicanthos) who endorsed and gave his overwhelming support for me. I appreciate you all and I won’t disappoint the trust and confidence reposed in me. I also appreciate the contribution of various stakeholders in the likes of Big Josh, Otunba Niyi, Akinola Shehu, Adeleke Yusuf, Brumeh, Deolu, Sandra ,Martins, Glory, Grace and various unsung heroes who campaigned from the depth of their heart for my candidacy. I will remain indebted to you for your efforts in making my trump like ascension into this office possible.
Today, we enter into a sacred covenant with you, great COMPSSAITES; with this covenant we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our union into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this covenant, we will be able to work together, to dine together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that our light will shine once again. Let it be echoed in the four corners of this great college and beyond the shores of this community, let it be repeated by generations to come, that in this day, at this historic place and in this historic time, the concerted efforts of stakeholders both among student and staff provided opportunity for the union light to shine again. This shining light today is snatched from the jaws of defeat and delivered to the doorsteps of victory. Never again in the history of this union shall COMPSSAITES be held to ransom by any government or administration. I have named this a collective rescue mission. The vision is clear; the mission is here. My vision is for COMPSSA to be an independent union that will represent an inclusive and vibrant student community in which members have the opportunity to expand their horizons, reach their full potentials and change the world around them. My mission is to create and sustain an open administration anchored on quality leadership and committed to student welfarism with progressive innovations and ideas that will champion the union now and in the future.
I have seven point agenda enshrined in the COMPSSA acronym.
C- Concrete legacy projects
O- Overhauling the COMPSSA complex
M- Money making ventures for increased IGR
P- Partnership with school and sponsors for improved infrastructure
S- Small scale business enterprise for COMPSSAITES
S- Social and sporting facilities for all round development
A- Activation of COMPSSA to a respectable and formidable union.
These agenda will be pursued with vigour and passion and the much deserved comfort and welfarism will no longer elude us. This administration shall not only be transparent and accountable but the good of COMPSSAITES would be the template.
Fellow COMPSSAITES, the state of our union calls for urgent, bold and swift action. The COMPSSA complex has been reduced to a dumping site. Illegal occupants have taken over our car park that should be a source of income to the union. The tenants in and around the complex extort students with “reckless abandon”. Our cafeteria has been turned to an oven. Our present situation is a challenge that requires our collective effort and creative devices to resolve. I am determined to ensure that this new administration will be the type that will make future generations proud of what we did here. This administration will make good on the debt we owe past and future generations.
Fellow COMPSSAITES, what happened at the poll had strengthened my bond with you. I won’t pretend that this path will be easy and rosy. I never have. You didn’t elect me to always tell you what the management want, you elected to tell the management what you want, to carry and amplify your voices to them, to vociferate your demands in a bid to ensure that we all have a comfortable stay on this campus. I want to assure you that I with other elected servants, will effectively represent your interest without fear of intimidation, victimization or harassment. I am too God intoxicated to be academically intimidated. I have always believed that leadership position comes with responsibility and sacrifice and I am ready to pay every single sacrifice required to make COMPSSA great again.
Greatest COMPSSAITES, this new administration will ensure the independence of the union as provided for in article 1 section 1b of the constitution. No longer will it be necessary for DSA to interfere on matters between the union and the COMPSSA tenants. Collection of free food is declared gross misconduct that will attract stiff penalty under this administration. True, we must ensure politics of meaning and eschew dishonesty and selfishness in our dealings.
In this sense, I want to assure that there will be neither recrimination nor retaliation under this tenure. Without doubt, we will undertake a comprehensive review of what had transpired before this time especially in the last twelve months as should be expected, but this is with a view to strengthening the fabric of good governance and correcting the ills of the past and not an exercise of witch-hunting.
To the pharmacy students, I say this is your time. No longer will you be marginalized. I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all departments and faculties. Faculty of pharmacy might not be directly under the college, but the students are under the union. Their dues form an integral part of the money generated by the union each year. I cannot sit idly by in my office and not be concerned about what happens in pharmacy. Without pharmacy, there won’t be COMPSSA. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. This administration will ensure that the rights and privileges of pharmacy students are no longer trampled upon. Those retroactive policies and unjust decisions will be vehemently resisted. Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever. The urge for freedom will eventually come and now is the time for the realization of that freedom.
Greatest COMPSSAITES, now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to everybody. Now is the time to lift our union from the quicksand of corruption and maladministration to the solid rock of righteousness and justice. Now is the time to restart the clock of progress of our dear union. Now is the time for a new beginning, one for which all of us must roll up our sleeves to begin the rebuilding of our union which was hampered by gross incompetence and administrative mendacity. We will have to make hard choices but be assured that they will lead to a better end.
On the national level, this administration will sponsor a bill to the national assembly to prevent political aspirants above the age of 70 years from contesting any political position. Now is the time for the youths to take their rightful place in the politics of our dear country.
I forfeit all remunerations and allowances due to me as the compssa president for the greater good of the union. I will also ensure that we cut down on the recurrent expenditures. We will partner effectively with the House of Lords to ensure that the union is taken to the majestic height of greatness and brotherhood. We will also partner with sponsors and alumni for improved infrastructure. There would be business opportunity and COMPSSAITES empowerment would be a priority. No longer will COMPSSAITES especially our ladies be assaulted or denigrated as the union will always protect and defend them at all times. Prices of goods and services within the college will be regulated and defaulters will be chased out. We will collaborate and negotiate with the management for cleaner environment and for stable water and electricity supply. Academic tutorials will come alive while academic excellence will be bountifully rewarded. On this note, I appeal to the management to ensure prompt release of results and accommodation should be made free for our exceptional students. Free Wi-Fi should also be made available in the hostel for easy learning and research. I know that our new provost who was an exceptional student of this college and who is an exceptional doctor and teacher and who will be an exceptional provost will get this done.
I do not believe that my administration coming up at a time when the college just got a new provost is a mere coincidence or an occurrence by happenstance. I am confident that “Prof” would be a phenomenal provost. It is therefore a great opportunity and privilege to have Prof. Lesi as our provost this time. I hereby reaffirm our willingness to work with the new provost and with our mother and father in division of student affairs; Prof. Akinsola and Mr. Adesanya respectively.
Before I am done with this speech, I will like to reiterate that the challenges before this government are enormous. We are however not rattled by them. We have the capacity and determination to surmount them all. We shall do this by the help of God and the cooperation of everybody. I thank you and may the good Lord bless us all.
Long live COMPSSA
Long live CMUL
Long live the federal Republic of Nigeria