Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti
Protest on MOdayÂ rockedÂ the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, (FUOYE)
as students barricaded the main gate of the institution Â to protest
overÂ alleged extortion byÂ a member of the management and
Acting-Dean, Studentsâ€™ Affairs.
The students alleged that the sum of N500 was collected from some
students in the name of organising tutorials for them without issuing
TheÂ protestersÂ prevented members of staff who were coming to the
office for normal business of the day from gaining access to their
Though the protest was peaceful, but the students demanded the
immediate removal of the Acting-Dean Studentsâ€™ Affairs.
They demanded thatÂ for theÂ extension of theÂ tenure of the out-going Dean, Studentsâ€™ Affairs, Dr. Olugbenga Adeyemi,Â as a reward for his good performances.
Other demandsÂ made by the studentsÂ included: immediate commencement of the process for the conduct of the election of the institutionâ€™s Studentsâ€™ Government Union and the removal of external security personnel now that the school had fully resumed after the strike occasioned by the Non Academic Staff Union (NASU).
It was gatheredÂ that the students who had preferred the out-going
Dean Students Affairs style of leadership against the acting dean, had to protest in order to have the formerâ€™sÂ tenure extended.
The Speaker, Studentsâ€™ Representative Council, Victor Akinnibosun, who spoke on behalf of the students said â€œNo inauguration of elected members of studentsâ€™ union government, no 2016/ 2017 second semester examinations.â€
The protesters later removedÂ the barricade after the resolutions
reached by the Students Representative Council in a swift meeting with the management of the university.
Other resolutions reached with the management were: The refund of the
alleged N500 collected from students for tutorials to affected
students from Tuesday, July 25, the conduct of SUG election in the
next three weeks.
Adeyemi who later advised the protesters to go back to the various
hostels and homes in peace and return for normal lectures today,
said he has no issues with the Vice-Chancellor of the university,
Prof., Kayode Soremekun.
â€œLet me tell you (students) that in the last one and half years that
I have occupy the position of the Dean Studentsâ€™ Affairs, I have been
carrying out my legitimate duties as directed by the VC.
â€œI have no issues with Prof. Kayode Soremekun.Â The VC has right to
appoint anybody, any time into any position.
In an interview the universityâ€™s Public Relations Officer, (PRO), Mr.
Godfrey Bakji, said the management was ready to meet with the demands
of the protesters.
The gate to the institution was later opened for business of the day
around 12: noon yesterday after the Speaker of the Students
Representative Council and the Dean Students Affairs confirmed to the protesters that most of their demands had been agreed on by the