The Students’ Union Government, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, has passed a vote of confidence in Governor Kayode Fayemi for lifting the ban placed on student unionism in the institution.
In a statement in Ado-Ekiti by the newly- elected Students Union President in the university, Comrade Victor Ibitola and Public Relations Officer, Priscilla Afolabi, the body commended Fayemi and the Vice Chancellor of the school, Prof. Oladipo Aina, for their support for the democratically-elected executives.
The governing council of the institution had proscribed students’ unionism on the campus following persistentunrest in the University.
The union leaders also praised the governor for donating an ultra-modern medical laboratory for the College of Medicine, saying this will further boost the infrastructural development of the university.
Also praising the Special Adviser to President Jonathan on Niger Delta Kingsley Kuku for donating a betting students’ union building to the university, they charged other successful alumni to emulate the gesture and have faith in the institution.
They commended Prof. Aina for the establishment of Centre for
Entrepreneurial Development, saying this will enable the students’ populace to acquire knowledge and skills in other areas of human endeavour.
As the level of performance of Ekiti State students in external examinations became a campaign issue, Governor Kayode Fayemi, has said the Peoples Democratic Party gubernatorial candidate, Mr. Ayo Fayose, lacked the moral credentials to pontificate on the education level in the state when he allegedly contributed to the morass that sunk the sector into the abyss.
Fayemi posited that it was during the regime of Fayose from 2003 to 2006 that miracle and special centres started springing up in Ado-Ekiti and other parts of the state.
Fayose while addressing party supporters at various rallies across the state had consistently accused Fayemi of allowing education in the state to nosedive to an unprecedented level never witnessed in the state before, saying the state, which was ranked 8th in WAEC before he left in 2006, had fallen to as low as 35th among the 36 states of the federation.
Fayose alleged that identity of the state as a fountain of knowledge was unilaterally changed to something else by Fayemi.
But speaking through the Director-General of his Campaign Organisation, Hon. Bimbo Daramola, in Ado-Ekiti on Saturday, the APC governorship candidate asked: “what claims does Fayose has to pontificate on education? You cannot give what you don’t have. A cobbler or carpenter knows nothing about Maths 101 or Simultaneous Equation. “What does he know about education? When he was governor of this state, we had these ‘magic or special’ centres where people write WAEC and JAMB for others.
“Fayemi came and closed them down. Are you going to deny the fact that products of Ekiti State University, since we came into office, have back-to-back emerged best students at Nigerian Law School? Are you going to deny the fact that modern day scholarship and learning rely on ICT and where Fayemi has ensured that our students got 30,000 laptops?
“Teachers also got 18,000 laptops and there is no state in this country that has done that. Let Fayose impeach the integrity of our claims. Those things were not only given, they were backed by training. In a 21 Century world, won’t you reckon with ICT. Fayemi also introduced core subjects allowances for teachers, he introduced hinterland allowances for teachers serving in remote locations to encourage them to stay and teach there.
“When Fayose was in government, it was more dignified then to buy vegetables in Odo-Ado than to get a degree from the then University of Ado-Ekiti. Fayemi came and sanitise the institution and wipe out the handout syndrome.”