Students of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA on Friday staged a protest over the death of their colleague, Ayomide Akeredolu.
The protesters for several hours caused gridlock on Akure-Ilesa expressway, leaving many travellers stranded on the ever busy road.
It was gathered that Akeredolu, a 500 level student slumped on Thursday in his hostel and was rushed to the school’s health centre.
He was confirmed dead on arrival, as all attempts and medical intervention to resuscitate him failed.
Reacting to the death of the student, the school’s Director, Corporate Commission, Adegbenro Adebanjo in a statement said the school mourns the sudden demise of one of its students, Ayomide Akeredolu, who died on Thursday August 24, 2023 in the course of a sudden bout of illness.
He said according to the doctor on duty at the health centre, “The student was rushed to the Health Centre at about 8:50 pm on Thursday 24th August, 2023.
“He was brought in dead. Efforts to resuscitate him through Cardiopulmonary resuscitation and oxygen therapy proved abortive. He was subsequently taken to the UNIMED Teaching Hospital, Akure by the medical personnel on duty inside the University ambulance.
“Understandably, his friends and colleagues are devastated by the sad Development. The management joins them to mourn at this very difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with our students and the bereaved family.
“May the Good Lord grant his soul eternal repose and give the family and friends the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
“However, due to some perceived misgivings about services at the University Health Centre, students embarked on a protest on Friday.
“It is important to point out that the protest was not directly related to the death of the student.
“The Representatives of the students, at a meeting with Management called at the behest of the Vice Chancellor, pointed out some lacuna in the process of accessing services at the Health Centre.
“The Management in the course of the meeting directed that immediate remedial measures be taken to address the lacuna and other issues raised by the students.
“The corrective measures will be reviewed from time to time to ensure that they are being implemented to the letter ,and satisfaction of the students.
“Again we commiserate with the family of our beloved student and pray for comfort from the Lord,” he stated.