Adedimeji Quayyim Abdul-Hafeez
The Students’ Union Court, in its judgment on Wednesday, the 2nd of July, 2021, has awarded costs against the Presidency of the Students Union for the procurement of the SU “Aloha Flight” Bus.
The case, which was instituted by one Bello Bilal Shola and filed before the court on the 26th of March, 2021, claimed that the procurement of the SU Bus was in contradiction with the procurement laws of the Students Union.
A copy of the court process, which was obtained by the UCJ UNILORIN, showed that the claimant averred that “sometime in 2020, the Students’ Union Government under the executive leadership of the Defendant, entered into a contract to procure a new motor vehicle for the union and did indeed consummate such contract to acquire a Toyota Sienna model 5OV-149FG for the union.”
The records of the court also showed that it was claimed that “the defendant has a duty to ensure that prior to the procurement of any property for the union, there must be a notification to the general public of the union, notifying same of the opportunities to tender bids for the sale of the desired property” and that “that Prior to the aforementioned purchase date, no information was made to the general public of the Students’ Union (hereinafter to be referred to as ‘the union’), University of Ilorin, inviting members of the union to offer bids for the sale of motor vehicles to the Union.”
The Students’ Union Court, in deciding the case, interpreted the Procurement Act, which is the law guiding the acquisition of properties on behalf of the Union, and stated that the laws envisioned that bids should be invited from members of the public before properties are being acquired. The court ruled that the President of the Union ought to have invited bids on the vehicle to give fair chance for vehicle sellers to bid for the vehicle. The court awarded the sum of Five Thousand Naira in costs to the plaintiff as cost of litigating the suit.
It is to be noted that the bus was acquired during the Passion administration, which has handed over on Thursday, 3rd of May, 2021. It is expected that the costs are met by the Presidency of the Students’ Union in compliance with the orders of the Students’ Union Court, which remains the highest court within the University environs.