Exactly 32 days after students carried out violent protest and destroyed property worth millions, authorities of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti on Thursday ordered the reopening of the school as well as the resumption of students earlier sent away on compulsory vacation.
The Registrar of the institution, Mrs Folashade Adediran announced in a statement in Ado Ekiti that the decision to call for the students’ resumption was reached at an Emergency Meeting of the Academic Board held on Tuesday, 7th November 2017 .
According to her, the Board considered issues relating to the Students’ rampage on Saturday, 7th October 2017 and took the following decisions:
Resumption of all Students has been slated for Monday, 20th November 2017, and that all Students including those with outstanding Carry-over Courses are to immediately pay a reparation fee of N20,000 only.
“In this respect, a payment platform has been created and Students are therefore advised to observe the following procedures: Visit the Polytechnic Website (www.fedpolyado.edu.ng)Click on the Student Portal
“Students will be redirected to https://studentportal.fedpolyado.edu.ng/site/loginOn the Student Portal page, Login with their Matric No. as USERNAME all in capital letter (FPA/BF/16/1-0000) and PASSWORD as password in small letters, update their profile and click on PAYMENT
She said In addition to the payment, each Student is also expected to bring along a sworn affidavit to be of good behaviour throughout the period of studentship and a letter of Indemnity from Parents/Sponsors/Guardians.
The statement warned that payment of School Fee and Reparation fee are conditions for resumption as bonafide students of the institution.
“All Students are to also proceed to the Bursary after payment of reparation fee for authentication while Examination for all Students (except SIWES) commences on Monday, 27th November 2017
“Full Examination Time-Tables are already on display in the respective Schools and Departments) while Resumption cum commencement of Lectures for SIWES Students has been fixed for Monday, 11th December 2017”, the Registrar added.
It can be recalled that students of the institution had on Saturday, 7th Oct, 2017, embarked on violent demonstration to protect death death of one of them, Vincent Taiwo Oluwafemi an HND (11)student of Estate Management who was alleged to have passed-on as a result of poor health facility in the Polytechnic, a claim which the institution’s authorities dismissed as bundle of lies.
During the riot, the irate students burnt down the polytechnic’s National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS)-accredited Health Centre alleging that the facility was not well stocked with drugs, a claim that was also denied by the management.
They also burnt down, as well as vandalised about seven other critical departments, including the school’s poultry and Entrepreneurship Centre among others.
Consequent upon the level of violence, the polytechnic was closed down
indefinitely and students were ordered to vacate the campus.
The management at an emergency meeting that followed the violence, resolved to suspend the Student Union Government (SUG) with immediate effect and set up a fact-finding panel to investigate the remote and immediate causes of the violence.
The Rector, Dr Taiwo Akande, had, while on an assessment visit to damaged facilities shortly after the incident claimed that the students, during the riot broke into the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Centre of the institution through the ceiling and stole not less than 40 laptops from the facility.
She also claimed that they stole eggs and chickens from the poultry while hundreds of tubers of yams were also stolen from the demonstration farm and also vandalized the fishery and bakery.
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