Gender of the week

The University of Benin recently sworn-in a new set of executive members of the Students’ Union Government headed by a female, Miss Lauretta Obakpolo. She is a 400 level student of Pharmacy. The courageous, captivating, and charismatic Lauretta won five other contestants to emerge the winner of the polls.

Miss Obakpolo who against all odds obtained an aggregate of 2,283 votes to defeat other male contenders to emerge the second Female SUG President in the University’s history has promised to continue with all the well-meaning projects and initiatives embarked by her predecessor.

She gave the remark in her inaugural speech as president after she was administered with the oath of office‎ under the supervision of Chief Magistrate Nosa Musoe who represented the Chief Judge of Edo State, Justice Cromwell Idahosa.

She assures the students of Uniben of adequate consultations before engaging in any form of dialogue with the School Management.

She convincingly defeated other male contestants which are Victor Arigbe (Faculty of Education) 1,437 votes; Nelson Ehrauyi (Faculty of Engineering) 1,389 votes; Efosa Iyekekpolor (Faculty of Education) 1,285votes; Godstime Oghogho (School of Medicine and Surgery) 397 votes and Leslie Oghama (Faculty of Social Sciences) 321 votes to clinch to the position of the SUG President.

Other officers elected alongside the president are: Sonia Obasuyi (Vice President); Jatto Ovie (Secretary General); John Aigbogun (Attorney General); Elliot Airhuoyuwa (Assistant Secretary General); Glory Odu (Director of Finance); Kelechi Ikotu (Director of Publicity); Eugene Chukwu (Director of Welfare); Michael Iroegbu (Director of Sports) and Precious Enokeran (Director of Socials).

The University of Benin which has always portray’s herself as a springboard for national and international leaders while also promoting gender equalities and opportunities. .

This is a pointer to the Nigerian society that women can excel politically if Lauretta could win amidst gender discrimination from opponents.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Osasere Orumwense congratulated the newly sworn-in president for her victory and promised of management’s unalloyed support towards the success of her administration. The Vice Chancellor enjoined the executive members to be partners-in- progress in order to make the university more globally-competitive.

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