The Believers Love World, BLW, Campus Ministry in partnership with the office of the Students Union Welfare Director of Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State has distributed palliatives to over 1000 students in the institution to help reduce illness and improve balanced diet during the 2020/2021 second semester examinations starting on 16th of January, 2023.
From observations, Noodles and milk were the foodstuffs that were distributed at the event held at the University Basketball court on Sunday, 15th of January 2023.
A copy of the invitation flyers obtained by AAUA INSIDER reads; “Esteemed colleagues, eating a balanced diet most especially during the examination period helps to focus and avoid illness as eating well does not only help with mental alertness but gives enough energy to deal with those long hours of study, and as well helps deal with the strain of stress and nerves.”
The flyer further added that the fully sponsored palliatives by AAUA BLW were to help relieve the students of the stress of the prolonged session.
Some students at the distribution venue described the gesture as a good and a great start while some bemoaned that students were not clarified as it was stated in the circular that it was coming from the office of the Students Union.
Speaking with AAUAINSIDER, Olugade Ayorinde, a 100-level student of Banking and finance said he felt happy about the program.
Olugade added that attaching the program with Sunday service brought people to God even when they did not want to.
“It’s good to me because it’s also a means to provide for people that don’t really have much to eat but just trying to find something to feed on.”
In the same vein, Adebayo Biodun, a 300 level student of the department of microbiology described the program as a great program through its provision for the needy.
“The people that are really in need of the provisions are mostly the students who are glad about the initiative,” he said.
Adebayo who said he was surprised about getting to the location, let out that he was also disappointed because he didn’t have the full information regarding the program.
Another student from the Department of Animal Science who pleaded for anonymity said the event was very astonishing and memorable, saying the AAUASU started what has never been in the history of the school.
She also implored the office of the Student’s Director to try clarifying students on events, as many students who were not Christians felt dejected.
“They were surprised that it was a church thing which made many of them point an accusing finger at the SUG for being religious bias.”
Students Union React
The Students union Welfare director of Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba-Akoko Ondo State, Odole Mojisola Faith popularly known as Voice said she feels so fulfilled and glad about the initiative organized by her office and fully sponsored by BLW AAUA as many students by the end of the semester always have issues with foodstuffs and they were aiming at giving back to the society.
“Tea was given to students because they had GST’s exams most exams early in the morning and for them to have something in their tommy during the winter season.
“I received excitement from the students who were happy and excited about the program as it helps during this examination period.
“I am glad I could put a smile on the students’ faces. I intentionally made it available on a Sunday because our examination begins on Monday 16th January as I can’t give out the palliative on the day of the examination because it won’t be perfect,” She said.
Speaking on the claims that the organizers have been religiously biased, she said the welfare office is to consider the welfare of both Muslim and christian students of the institutions.
Adding that it is not a Christian stuff since it is coming from the office of the welfare director together with the assistant of the BLW church.
She revealed that the continuation of the program and initiative is left to the upcoming administration.