Ekiti Poly Reopens, Imposes N20,000 Fee on Students After Arson Attack


Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti
For carrying out attacks on some structures belonging to Federal
Polytechnic Ado Ekiti, authorities of the institution on Thursday has
announced the  imposition of  N20,000 reparation fee on each of the
students to pay for the damages done to the Polytechnic.

The institution, which announced the reopening of the school, which
was closed on October 7 following a violent protest caused by the
death of a student at the school’s health centre, Taiwo Oluwafemi,
said only the students who pay the money will be allowed entry into
the campus.

The  Registrar  of  the institution, Mrs. Folashade  Adediran, in a statement in Ado Ekiti said  the Board considered issues relating to the Students’ rampage of  Saturday, 7th October, 2017 and took the following decisions:
“Resumption of all Students has been slated for Monday, 20th
November, 2017, and that all Students including those with outstanding
carry-over Courses are to immediately pay a reparation fee of  N20,000

She said In addition to the payment, each student is also expected to
bring along a sworn affidavit to be of good behaviour throughout the
period of studentship and a letter of Indemnity from Parents/Sponsors/Guardians.
The statement warned that payment of School Fees and Reparation fee are conditions for resumption as bonafide students of the institution.

 “All Students are to also proceed to the Bursary after payment of
reparation fee for authentication while Examination for all Students
(except SIWES) commences on Monday, 27th November, 2017
Oluwafemi , an HND student of Estate Management allegedly passed-on as a result of poor health facility in the polytechnic, a claim which the institution’s authorities had dismissed .

 During the riot, the irate students burnt down the polytechnic’s
National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS)-accredited Health Centre
alleging that the facility was not well stocked with drugs, a claim
that was also  denied by the management.

 They also burnt down, as well as vandalised about seven other critical
departments, including the school’s poultry and Entrepreneurship
Centre , among others.

 The management at an emergency meeting that followed the violence,
resolved to suspend the Student Union Government (SUG) with immediate effect and set up a fact-finding panel to investigate the remote and immediate causes of the violence.

 The Rector, Dr. Taiwo Akande, had, while on an assessment visit to
damaged facilities shortly after the incident claimed that the
students, during the riot broke into the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Centre of the institution  through the ceiling and stole not less than 40 laptops from the facility.

 She also claimed that they allegedly stole eggs and chickens from the
poultry while hundreds of tubers of yams were also stolen from the
demonstration farm and also vandalised the fishery and bakery.