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“We Never Blamed Kwara Govt For Transportation Challenges”- UNILORIN

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The University of Ilorin, Ilorin, has distanced itself from a report by a blog, Fact News NG, claiming that the school authorities blamed the Kwara State Government for transportation challenges faced by its students.

Fidel Info reports that in a statement by Kunle Akogun, Director, Corporate Affairs, UNILORIN said the claims in the report are the wild imagination of the author of the concocted story.

“The report, which is purportedly based on the press statement we issued on Monday, 10th January, 2023, is a mischievous misrepresentation of the letters and intent of that press statement,” the University said.

Findings by our medium show that students of the institution do not just start facing transportation challenges. The transport glitch predates the construction of the Tunde Idiagbon Flyover in Tanke.

“The content of our original press statement is very clear and there is nowhere in it that the state government is blamed for the transportation glitch on University Road. That insinuation is in the wild imagination of the author of the factnewsng.com’s concocted story,” the University spokesperson added.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the University of Ilorin, as a reputable academic institution, has nothing to do with the politics of Kwara State and nobody should hide under our genuine concern for the welfare and wellbeing of our students to pursue personal agenda.”

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Kwara Govt Appoints Acting Provost For College Of Education, Ilorin

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Following due consultations with the Governing Council of the College of Education Ilorin, the Kwara State Government has approved the appointment of Dr Jawondo Ayinde Sheu as the Acting Provost of the College of Education, Ilorin with effect from Monday 23rd January 2023.

Fidel Info reports that the appointment was announced following the termination of appointment of the former Acting Provost Dr Jimoh Ahmed Ayinla with immediate effect.

Dr Jawondo Ayinde Sheu until his appointment was the Dean School of languages, College of Education Ilorin.

The Governing Council, entire Management, Staff and students of the College have been enjoined to give adequate support and cooperation to the newly appointed Acting Provost of the College.

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UNILORIN Seeks Kwara State Govt Intervention On Transportation Disaster

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Management of the University of Ilorin, UNILORIN is seeking the intervention of the Kwara State Government over the persistent transportation problems that has plagued the federal Institution for years.

Fidel Info reports that the University is considering revisiting the idea of virtual lectures to help assuage the situation.

The Director of Corporate Affairs, University of Ilorin, Kunle Akogun disclosed this in a statement.

The statement read, “Management of the University of Ilorin is deeply concerned about the enormity of the transportation challenges currently being faced by our students.

“We want to assure all that measures are being put in place to ease this difficulty in the shortest possible time.

“The Management is currently engaging with the Kwara State Government on the need to conclude the Flyover construction on the Tipper Garage axis of the University Road timely and the provision of more strategic interventions to ease the burden of our students.

The management is also considering the possibility of reviving the virtual lecture option, especially for large classes, to reduce the necessity of having large number of students on the road at peak periods.

“Arrangements had already been concluded to bring in big buses for massive movement of students but they could not be deployed yet due to the Flyover construction on the University Road.

“The management, however, appeals to our better by far students to exercise patience while concerted efforts are being made to resolve the unfortunate transportation challenges.

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Ibadan Poly Suspends Students’ Union

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Following the students’ protest, the administration of The Polytechnic in Ibadan, Oyo State, suspended the students’ union and postponed the first-semester exam that was scheduled to start today, Monday, January 9, 2023.

Fidel Info reports that On Monday, the students protested the increase in the hostel caution fee.

The examination had been put off until further notice, according to a statement from the school signed by the registrar, Mrs. Modupe Fawale, and the Students’ Union had been put on indefinite leave.

The Management characterized the demonstration as politically driven and ill-intentioned and asserted that the students’ union body had not filed a formal complaint with the Management against the examination that was set to start today.

The Management also pointed out that the students’ union had broken the law of decency by closing all of the institution’s entrances, which put their fellow students, the institution’s staff, their host communities, the nearby university of Ibadan, and the general public—especially those who conduct business with The Polytechnic Ibadan—in unwarranted hardship.

The statement read in part, “It is on record that The Polytechnic, Ibadan students pay one of the lowest tuition fees among their contemporaries in the South-West.”

“Payment of tuition has been made flexible and convenient as students pay 60 per cent of the tuition fee during the first semester and pay the remaining 40 per cent during second semester. The Institution has not increased tuition in the last couple of years.”

“Protesting on a day that they should be sober and commence their examination which is a major academic activities leading to the award of their diploma is ill advised, politically motivated and therefore of no reasonable value to the students and indeed to the development of education.”

“The Management is reviewing the situation and will issue a statement on when the suspended examination will commence. We appeal to the students to return to class and prepare for their examination. We also appeal to the parents and guardians to call their wards to order.”

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