Ekiti University Students Union Protest Over Elections

Students of the Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti trooped out in the early hours of Monday to protest the alleged manipulation of the student’s union government election, conducted last Thursday by the management of the institution.

The students barricaded the entrance of the institution, preventing vehicular movement into the school, after which they marched to the office of the Dean, Students Affairs Department, Professor Williams Adebayo.

Some of the students who spoke with Channels TV’s correspondent alleged that the outcome of the election did not go down well with the management, hence the alleged manipulation.

Furthermore, the students explained that the election took place on Thursday, but the Professor Williams Adebayo-led electoral body failed to announce the winner of the poll 72 hours after the election.

“Our election held over 72 hours yet the electoral body has not announced the winner, because of their selfish interest on the choice of candidate. Why would they have interest over who govern us.”

On his part, the Dean, Professor Adebayo who spoke in a telephone interview with Channels TV’s correspondent explained that the election was inconclusive.

Adebayo advised the students to be calm as the electoral body would not manipulate the result as was being speculated.

“I cannot conduct election mar with irregularities. After the election was conducted their agents went away, they did not wait for the result, so who are we going to announce the result to. Tell me? So, the election is inconclusive,” he stated.

Meanwhile the university management has constituted a committee to investigate the alleged violation of the regulations guiding the conduct of the 2017 Students’ Union election, held on Thursday August 3, 2017.

Students Go On Rampage In Afe Babalola University

afe babalolaSome students in Afe Babalola University who were confirmed not doing well academically by the school authority and not prepared to improve on their academic performance on Sunday night embarked on a violent protest for not allowing them into the examination hall.

Speaking with newsmen in the campus, the Chairman of the Planning and Implementation Committee of Afe Babalola University, Professor Isaac Orubuloye explained the reasons behind the protest.

“The regulation of the university is that if you don’t attend classes 90% of the period, you will not be allowed to write exams. If you don’t register for examination, you will not be allowed to write exams.

“We have decided this time around to implement these policies to the letter. So, all students that ran afoul of these two provisions were denied from entering the examination and I think that is one of the remote causes of what has happened.

“Quite a number of them couldn’t write exams and there is no way they could explain to their parents that they were in school and they did not write examination.”

He also condemned the violent turn of events. He said that the protest was out of line as property worth millions of naira have been destroyed by the protesters.

“They went beyond ordinary protest. When people started to loot in the shops, then that becomes a crime – a serious crime.

“They looted some shops, damaged some vehicles and those things have nothing to do with their protest,” he said.

He, however, assured all parents and stakeholders to be calm as the situation was under control and calm has since returned to the university.

Ekiti State Conducts Civil Service Promotional Examinaion

Ekiti--Faseluka-civil serviceThe Ekiti State Government has conducted promotional exams for members of the state civil service.

The Public Service Promotion Examination, which is said to be a pre-requisite for their elevation to subsequent levels in the workforce, had over 1,000 candidates.

Speaking during the promotion examination at the Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, the state capital, the Head of Service, Dr. Olugbenga Faseluka, revealed that retrenchment of workers is not a panacea to the economic challenges facing the nation.

He explained that the examination is not to witch hunt anyone, but to help position the civil service institution in the state.

The Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Ade Adesanmi, appealed to the state government to ensure no one fails the examination.

One of the civil servants in the state, Tomi Adejumi, commended the state government for the exam and for also elevating the workers, both Junior and Senior Cadres in the state.

Alumni Appeals To Osun On Alleged Merger Of Colleges

Osun College Meger Plan: Alumni Joins To Appeal ProcessThe alumni association of the Osun State College of Education, Ila Orangun has joined others to appeal to the State Government to re-consider the proposed merger plans of the institution with the Ilesa College of Education.

The group made the appeal in Oshogbo, the state capital in Nigeria’s south-western region, following the State government’s assertion that the merger‎ report was mere rumour.

The National President of the association, Ayobami Fakeye, observed that the stakeholders are not convinced that the government would not go ahead with the plans.

According to him, transfer of some courses and closure of the college should be carried out following due process through the Osun State House of Assembly and not by a unilateral decision not backed by law.

Students of the college and the host community had earlier staged a protest on alleged merger of the institution.

The students accused the Osun State government of planning to merge the Ila Orangun College with Osun State College of Education, Ilesa thereby, reducing the staff strength.

The Osun State Government refuted the allegation, maintaining that there was no such plan to merge any of the State-owned‎ tertiary institutions.

Osun Students, Residents Protest Governments’ Merger Plan

Osun Tertiary Institution: Students, Indigines Protest Governments' Merger PlanStudents of Osun State College of Education, Ila Orangun and the host community have staged a protest on alleged plan to merge the institution and change its status to a Primary and Technical Education ‎centre.

The protesters stormed the Palace of the Orangun of Ila, Oba Wahab Oyedotun, Bibire 1 in Osun State, South-west Nigeria.

The students accused the Osun State government of planning to merge the Ila Orangun college with Osun State College of Education, Ilesa thereby, reducing the staff strength.

Addressing reporters and residents of the community, Secretary of Ila Action Council, Prince Yemi Adeoye, appealed to the government to rescind its decision.

Prince Adeoye stressed that the economic, financial and social impact of the community would be greatly devastated by the development.

Responding to the allegations, the Osun State Government refuted its claim, stating that the merger rumour was mere speculation and unfounded.

The government maintained that there was no such plan to merge any of the State-owned‎ tertiary institutions as rumoured.

The college currently has a population of over 15 thousand students and runs 28 academic programmes, including 15 other academic degree programmes in affiliation with University of Uyo and Ekiti State University.

Osun State also has two State-owned polytechnics in Iree and Esa-Oke as well as two Colleges of Education in Ila Orangun ‎and Ilesa.

 

Buhari Should Seek Forgiveness From Yorubas, Not Votes – Fayose

buhariEkiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has said that the All Progressives Congress ( APC ) presidential candidate, Major General Mohammadu Buhari (Rtd) should seek forgiveness (not votes) from Yoruba people of the South-West, including Edo and Delta States.

According to the governor, Buhari’s cancellation of the Lagos Metroline project in 1985 was the greatest disservice to the Yoruba people in particular, and Nigerians in general.

“If Buhari had not cancelled the Metroline project out of vendetta,transportation problems in Lagos would have been solved permanently.

“The Metroline project would have made life easier and changed the face of transport in Lagos.

But Buhari cancelled it and even went ahead to pay compensation to the French company that handled it. Buhari’s action cost Lagosians over $78 million then,” Fayose said.

Speaking further, the governor said; “In Yorubaland, we were enjoying free education and free health before Buhari came.

Then, all that was needed to go to primary and secondary schools was school uniform while drugs were free.

“Apart from free education and free health, the South West witnessed rapid development.

Lagos State University, Ogun State University (now Olabisi Onabanjo University), Ondo State University (now Ekiti State University), Ondo State Polytechnic (now Rufus Giwa Polytechnic), and several other institutions were established.

“As at 1979, Lagos State had no secretariat. Jakande’s government built the Alausa Secretariat within four years. Ajasin’s government built Alagbaka Secretariat in Akure within four years. Even the Lekki-Epe road on which they are now collecting tolls was constructed by Jakande.

“For all that they did for us in Yorubaland, what did Buhari do to Jakande, Ajasin, Bola Ige and Bisi Onabanjo? He jailed them and Bisi Onabanjo came out of prison with health issues that eventually claimed his life.

“What did Buhari do to reward Awolowo, whose party gave us free education and free health? Awolowo’s international passport was seized and he was prevented from traveling abroad for medical treatment. Awolowo died two years after!

“In 1984 that Buhari introduced school fees, thousands of our youths then dropped out of school.

“Therefore, Buhari who truncated the future of many of our people and jailed our leaders who served our land selflessly should be seeking forgiveness from Yoruba people, not votes.”

Students Riot In Ado Ekiti

Ado EkitiActivities in Ekiti State were destructed for several hours on Thursday as the students of the state owned university took to the streets of Ado Ekiti, the state capital, protesting over a 10,000 naira increment in late registration fee by the school authority.

The students took the demonstration from the school gate down to the major streets in Ado Ekiti with different placards and inscriptions, singing no to increase in late registrations.

The students accused the school authority of making policies that are not favourable to them. They called on the State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, to intervene as a matter of urgency.

However, as the protests went on, the police were reportedly left with no choice than to disperse the angry students with tear gas as it was the only option to control the situation.

The State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, while addressing the huge crowd, promised to revert the increment with immediate effect.

Violence had erupted in Ado Ekiti a week before this, following a disagreement between students of the Ekiti State University and bus drivers at Fajuyi Park in the state capital.

The disagreement was said to have degenerated to a shouting match, which attracted some policemen who began to shoot sporadically on arrival at the scene.

Ekiti State University Students Clash With Bus Drivers

ekiti state universityViolence has erupted in Ado Ekiti on Friday morning following a disagreement between students of the Ekiti State University and bus drivers at Fajuyi park in the state capital.

The disagreement was said to have degenerated to a shouting match, which attracted some policemen who began shooting sporadically on arrival at the scene.

The situation became violent after the bus drivers were asked by their leader to disarm the policemen, resulting in a clash between them.

It was gathered that the crisis was brought under control following the intervention of the Commissioner of Police in the State Command, Taiwo Lakanu, who asked the parties to maintain calm and promised to investigate the matter.

Ekiti House Suspends Seven Members

EkitiNineteen All Progressives Congress (APC) members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly have suspended factional Speaker, Dele Olugbemi and the six lawmakers loyal to him.

The lawmakers held a plenary sitting in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.

At the sitting presided over by the Speaker, Dr. Adewale Omirin, the APC lawmakers also nullified all legislative activities purportedly carried out by the PDP caucus.

These include the receipt and consideration of the 2015 appropriation bill.

They also resolved to relocate the sittings of the House to the campus of the Ekiti State University (EKSU), citing the taking over of the assembly complex by thugs and miscreants.

The lawmakers also voted in favour of the local government autonomy and constitutional amendment giving autonomy to the House of Assembly.

Although Governor Ayo Fayose appears to have emerged victorious in the election tribunal, his disagreement with lawmakers in his state has been regarded as one that needs to be resolved quickly to enable all parties involved concentrate on development.

Afe Babalola Urges Support For Fayemi

Renowned legal luminary and Founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD), Afe Babalola, on Wednesday solicited support for the Ekiti state Governor, Kayode Fayemi to continue the “good works” which he started in the state three years ago.

Speaking in Ado-Ekiti, at the mega rally commemorating the 3rd anniversary of the Dr. Fayemi administration, held at the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium, Babalola, recalled how he alongside other Ekiti indigenes fought for the creation of the state with the aim of making it the best in Nigeria.

His words, “This is historic and I say congratulations to you for this historic event. For about two decades now, I, the Ewi and some others fought for the creation of Ekiti state. The idea was to develop the state and make it the best state in Nigeria, and for that purpose Ekiti state is my project. The project was designed to bring prosperity to Ekiti state and whoever is doing that for us is my friend, therefore this is my friend for that purpose. Every reasonable person, every patriotic person, every nationalist must support whoever is developing the state and he (Fayemi) is doing that. Congratulations once more”.

Governor Fayemi, in his remarks, thanked the people for the support given him to achieve the strides recorded by his administration in the last three years, saying that his administration rose to power through the people’s mandate and support and assured that he will not relent in vigorously pursuing the actualisation of his pact with Ekiti people.

The Governor also urged aggrieved members of his party to return to the fold and join hands with his administration in developing the state even as he stated that members of opposition parties are already defecting to the All Progressives Congress.

Fayemi said, “You have not seen anything yet, we are ready to bring everybody on board. This train of development is on the move and those who fail to join will be left behind at the bus stop.

“We must not relent in the struggle to make life more abundant for our people through the implementation of our eight-point agenda.

“The eight-point agenda is about empowering our people, insisting that we are your servants and not your masters to ensure that the development which has started and seen by everybody continues.

“I am not tired because there is more to come from the arsenal that has brought this development to Ekiti.

Fayemi Approves Installment Payment of School Fees in State’s University

The Governor of Ekiti state, Mr Kayode Fayemi has advised the authorities of the Ekiti State University (EKSU) to allow students pay their school feels in installments.

Mr Fayemi, who is also an academic visitor to the institution, gave the advice after a series of meetings with the representatives of the students union, parents forum and school authority.

The Governor in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olayinka Oyebode, however said that the format to be adopted for the installment payment would be worked out by the authorities of the institutions and communicated to the students accordingly.

He urged the students to reciprocate this gesture by complying with the arrangement that would be put in place by the authorities for the installment payment of the school fees.

Academic is expected to resume in the institution on Monday, June 3rd following its closure after a violent protest by students over the hike in schools fees.

Ekiti State University To Re-open With Conditions

The management of the Ekiti State University (EKSU) has agreed to re-open the school on conditions that parents pay student’s schools fees no later than two weeks after lectures have commenced, which parents of the undergraduates have agreed to.

The University Vice Chancellor, Oladipo Aina made this known at a stakeholder’s forum which was organised to find a solution to the crisis that led to the closure of the institution.

“Our stakeholders and parents must be ready to contribute their quota no matter how big to the growth and development of this University” he said.

Participants at the event agreed that students should not be allowed to write examinations if their tuition fees are unpaid.

The university has been locked owing to the school’s “No School Fees, No Lecture” policy which students reacted to by staging a violent protest.

The school’s management had adopted the new policy because students were owing the school up to N2 billion.