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FECA students give Governing Board ultimatum to resolve dispute

FECA students give Governing Board ultimatum to resolve dispute

By Tola Gbadamosi
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The Students Union  Government of the    Federal College of Agriculture, Akure (FECA) has given the  Governing Board and the Management of the institution five days to resolve  the leadership crisis in the institution, vowing that they would take to the streets after the expiration of the ultimatum.

Mr Oluwaferanmi Omotosho, the SUG President of FECA, made the  union position known  while speaking  with  The Hope  in Akure.

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), FECA chapter, had on Monday  also declared an indefinite strike over alleged removal of the institution’s acting Provost, Dr Emmanuel Moyinjesu.

The union leaders had embarked on  a peaceful protest that paralysed academic activities in the college over the issue. The ASUP members carried placards with  inscriptions such as “Dissolve FECA Governing  Board Now,”  Save FECA from collapse, Call ARCN to Order,” among  others.

Omotosho  noted that the two parties should have considered the  plights  of the students and resolve  their differences in  the interest of the students.

The SUG president berated the disruption of the ongoing tests, noting that some of them were at the  tail end of their academic activities in the college.

“As at now, they are not attending to our research projects, even some of us that had test yesterday  was disrupted.

“Our concern is not who becomes provost, but that our second semester examination should not be hindered.

“If it is obstructed, we will take  to the streets and cry to the outside world,” he said.

According to him, the local politics being played  should not have negative effects on the students since they have paid their  tution fees.

He added that the Students’ Union had made its grievance known officially to the management.

We are not touts nor rascals but we are radicals. We believe in consultations, but if  the school’s academic calender  is  disrupted, we will fight back.

“If not for our maturity, we ought to have been on streets ,”he stated.

Meanwhile, the Governing board of the institution has appealed to the union to  suspend their strike.

Chairman of the Governing  Board, Mr Adebayo Oyero  speaking with The Hope said  what the union has demanded for would be put to a higher authority for consideration and possible approval.

He also  opined  that other requests would be handled internally as it was resolved that the requests should be put in writing by the union, and to be forwarded through the management to the Governing Board.

He added that the governing board and the three unions agreed that they should call off  their   strike  to enable normal activities to take place in the institution which would enable the examination of the students not to be disrupted.

Reacting,  Comrade Abimbola Ogunyinka,  Chairman Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics  said the Union will inform its  National body for further directive.

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