Ibarapa Polytechnic Crises: Governing Council Meets Affected Students, Promised Quick Resolution

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Following the crises that rocked The Ibarapa Polytechnic in Eruwa, Oyo State, where some students who are yet to be mobilised for their National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) two years after their graduation shut down the school some weeks ago which led to the indefinate suspension of the management of the institution, the governing council of the institution led by Dr Samuel Ogundiran has meet with the effected students, assuring them of the solution to their problem.

Ogundiran while addressing the students on Friday, at the Central Administrative Building of the institution noted that close to a billion of naira has been giving to the institution by the Oyo State government in pursuit of the accreditation of unaccredited courses and mobilisation of the affected students.

According to him’ We are on top of the situation, and we are making efforts that will gives solution to this problem, we are working on it seriously to make sure that the issue is resolved within two to three months.

“Oyo State government has giving us close to a billion naira to resolve this issue, we just want the students to give us little time do that we can resolve the problem.”

Ogundiran pointed out that he will be going to Kaduna State next week to meet with the National Board of Technical Education (NBTE) concerning the accreditation of the students courses which will allow them to be mobilised for their NYSC program very soon.

He however assured the students that the issue will be resolve in a couple of months, urging them to be patient and calm.

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The Acting Rector of the institution, Dr Peter Adejumo while speaking at the meeting pointed out that the chairman of the governing council, together with his team has mandated and giving the management a certain time and date to meet up with the needs of the affected students, adding that the Oyo State government has already giving the school fund to accredit some unaccredited courses and mobilised the affected students for their NYSC.

He however urged the students to give the new management team a little time so that the matter can be resolve.

Also speaking at the meeting was the National Senate President of Federation of Oyo State Student Union (FOSSU), comrade Wasiu Oke, otherwise known as ‘pattern’, who said that the student are not happy with the situation on ground, adding that the student are not concern over the suspension of anybody, but what the students are only concern with is how the issue will be resolve on time without any further delay.

“I want to urged the governing council and the school management to do their best to meet up with the request of the students, the school should allow round table dialogue, and create room for discusion.”

The chairman of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) in Oyo State, comrade Asubiojo Olujuwon otherwise known as ‘Marshal’, while talking to journalist after the meeting said that the association has taking their time to read meaning to every words said in the meeting and put it on record.

“NANS will hold on to what the chairman of the governing council has said that they should be giving two to three months for the issue to be resolve, the school should focus on the accreditation because two years had been already wasted from the lifes of these students.”

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Meanwhile, one of the affected students, Oluwadare Kayode who talk on behalf of the students said that all the promises made by the governing council and the management are just a word of mouth because there is no evidence to back it up.

“There is no fact to show the seriousness of the governing council and the management, we are not convinced with all what they have said because its was just a word of mouth, there is no concrete evidence to back it up”.

He therefore urged the students to be calm and give the council and management a benefit of dout, noting that his target and his coleques is to be mobilised by June.

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