By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
The Management of Ekiti State University (EKSU),Ado-Ekiti has directed all newly admitted students for the 2019/2020 academic session to resume for academic activities on Monday, 23rd November, 2020.
In a statement signed by the Head, Directorate of Information & Corporate Affairs, Mr. Bode Olofinmuagun, the students are expected complete their registration exercise and resume for other academic activities.
According to the Release, all pre-degree, diploma and 100 level students of the university are expected to be on campus as from Monday, 23rd November, 2020.
The Vice Chancellor, Professor Edward Olanipekun has assured parents, guardians and all the returning students of adequate COVID-19 precautions and protocols which have been put in place by the university management.
According to the statement,aull returning students are hereby advised to take personal COVID-19 precautions by ensuring that they have their face masks and hand sanitizers with them at all times on campus.
Meanwhile,an assurance has been given that the interface embarked upon by the Ekiti State House of Assembly with the management of the Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti and union leaders would put an end to the lingering issues in the University.
The Chairman,House Committee on Public Service Matters and establishments, Mr. Oluwajuwa Adegbuyi, disclosed at the larger meeting of the stakeholders Friday, on the contentious issues between the Ekiti State University management and union leaders.
Adegbuyi, took time to review the previous meetings held with the Union Leaders, the University Management and what led the Committees to the level of inviting the Commissioner for Education, Accountant General’s Office and the Ministry of Finance.
In his brief explanations, the Vice Chancellor of the Ekiti State University, Prof Edward Olanipekun said he empathised with Workers over the current situation in the University.
The Vice Chancellor, said, the University management was not oblivious of precarious financial situation in the institution though, the University had achieved so much under the administration of Dr John Kayode Fayemi, and intimated the meeting of some of the achievements.
He,however expressed concerns on the amputated salaries in the months of Sept and October 2020.
Prof. Olanipekun, also reacted to some of the agitations of the Union, such as, backlog arrears of cooperatives deductions, stagnation of staff, over – bloated staffers, and many others, saying they were not the making of his administration.
He also clarified that the issue bothering Conversion and Advancement in the system was never an automatic arrangement in any University, but only subject to vacancies.
The Vice Chancellor called on the committees and other stakeholders at the meeting to call the union to order and promised to resolve all lingering issues as soon as they suspend their action.
Stakeholders at the meeting include the Commissioner for Education, Special Adviser to Governor on Tertiary Education, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Finance and Representative of the Accountant General, who were all present to clear some grey areas on the issues
The committee chairmen and other lawmakers suggested the way forward and enjoined the unions to sheathe their sword for the peace and progress of the state.