Ondo Varsity Final-Year Student Swept Away By Flood

 

Heavy downpour which lasted for almost eight hours has claimed the life of a final year student of Ondo State-owned Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba, Akoko.

Channels Television gathered that the deceased simply called ‘Doyin’, an Indigene of Ekiti State, was swept away to an unknown destination by heavy flood from a canal very close to her residence in the town.

The Commissioner for Agriculture in Ondo State, who is an indigene of the town, Otunba Gboyega Adefarati paid a condolence visit to the scene.

Adefarati cautioned those who are in the habit of blocking the drainages with refuse to desist from such act. He also advised against building houses close to canals, to prevent flooding.

The traditional ruler of the town, Alale of Akungba, Oba Sunday Adeyeye Ajimo appealed to the state and federal governments to come to the aid to the town in controlling flood.

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He lamented that properties worth millions of naira have been destroyed in the community while roads, bridges, and hotels with vehicles were badly damaged by the flood.

A statement signed by the Acting Registrar of the University, Opeolu Akinfemiwa directed all academic activities to be suspended till the following day.

According to him, the university is leaving no stone unturned in the quest to find the missing student.

He added that divers and other volunteers have been sought to search the path of the river in a bid to find the missing undergraduate.

The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Akungba,  Shakiru Ajibola, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), confirmed the incident and said three persons including a landlord of the house where the girl was carried away by the flood were rescued.

He noted that divers were still looking for the undergraduate in the neighbouring rivers.

Soldier Appears In Court Over Alleged Rape Of AAUA Student

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The Nigerian soldier who was alleged to have raped a student of the Ondo State-owned Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, on Wednesday appeared before a family court in Akure, the state capital.

The suspect, Lance Corporal Sunday Adelola from the 32 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army, based in Akure, was said to have committed the crime on July 31, 2019.

On the said day, he was said to have ordered the victim out of a passenger vehicle at a military checkpoint while travelling from Akungba to Ikare – Akoko, and dragged her into a nearby cubicle where he allegedly raped her.

Following the incident, there had been series of petitions and protests by students and authorities of the university, condemning the act.

The Ondo State Government, as well as human right groups also intervened, calling for justice on the crime.

Subsequently, he was found guilty and dismissed from the service after the army authorities set up a panel of investigation on the matter.

He was thereafter, handed over to the police for prosecution.

Those present at the family court for the trial on Wednesday were students of the university, officials of the Ondo State Ministry of Justice and Women Affairs; and members of the state chapter of the Federation of Women Lawyers.

The case was, however, adjourned till Friday, August 16, 2019, in order to allow the suspect file a response to the suit, and also get a legal representation.

Tuition Hike: AAUA Students’ Protest Enter Day Two

Students of Adekunle Ajasin University, in Akungba-Akoko during their protest in Akure, the Ondo State capital on Monday, April 9.

 

The students of the Adekunle Ajasin University, in Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State on Tuesday continued to protest over an increase in their school fees.

The protest began on Monday, April 9 when the aggrieved students trooped to the streets of Akure, the state capital in protest.

Roads were blocked by the students as motorists were forced to pass through other routes to their destinations.

The Governing Council of the University had earlier announced the hike in the fees payable by the students from about N35,000 to as high as between N120,000 and  N200,000 per session.

In his reaction, the Chairman of the Governing Council of the university, Tunji Abayomi blamed the increase on the poor financial status of the university. He saying the university had not received subvention for seven months in 2016.

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“This is a University that received no penny for subvention in the past seven months. During that time all the money that the institution saved for research and innovation were used up,” Abayomi said.

The students on Tuesday, however, insisted that the university remains shut down and will not resume until the government reverse its decision.

Meanwhile, members of the Ondo State House of Assembly have dissociated themselves from the new tuition announced by the Governing Council of the state-owned institution.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Fatai Olotu told journalists that the announcement negates the earlier agreement the council reached with the House of Assembly.

Olotu noted that members of the House were not adequately carried along on the issue by the university’s governing council.

The lawmaker maintained that the new tuition announced have to be revisited in the interest of the people of the state.

He appealed to the students to be calm as the State Assembly is on top of the situation and will be meeting with the authorities to resolve the situation.

Mimiko Restates Plan To Improve Educational Infrastructure

MimikoThe Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, has restated his administration’s plan to improve infrastructural development in all state-owned educational institutions in the state.

The Governor said this at the official commissioning of the newly built Senate Building at the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko.

“We have done everything possible to rekindle the hope of the younger generation of a government that is committed to service delivery, and that, perhaps, is responsible for the fact that the regime of fees in all our state-owned tertiary institutions is no doubt one of the cheapest in Nigeria.

“We have deliberately democratised access to education based on our conviction that if education is meant for just a few, the consequences of not enabling a part of the society to be enlightened would be disastrous for all and sundry,” Governor Mimiko said.

The newly completed five-storey structure comes with a large senate chamber, a council chamber, 2 conference rooms, 10 board rooms, 148 offices, and a spacious parking lot among other facilities.

The outgoing Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Femi Mimiko, described the building as one of the best Senate buildings globally.

Top government functionaries, guests and members of the university community were present to witness the ceremony.