No fewer than 20 people were injured when students of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) and commercial motorcyclists, some of whom were said to be indigenes of the community, engaged themselves in a free for all, on Tuesday.
Sources in the community told GodzGeneral in Ado Ekiti that trouble had started when a student and a commercial motorcyclist had an altercation over fare, which degenerated.
A source said “the commercial biker slapped the student and that led to a fight between them, which other students latched into”.
The source claimed that “it was as a result of the anger bottled by the students over what they see as their exploitation by the commercial motorcyclists and sundry business operators in the community.”
The clash was said to have exacerbated when the commercial motorcyclists were said to have mobilised against the students, who were also not ready to just be cowed.
The injured students were treated at the university’s health centre and were discharged.
The incident left some of the students stranded after they had rounded off their lecture because of the tension created by the clashes in the town.
Speaking on the incident, the Public Relations Officer of FUOYE, Mr. godfre Bagji, said explained that it was “a clash between some of our students and commercial motorcyclists,” saying “it was an incident that happened instantaneously outside the campus.”
He said it was not “really a students versus indigenes matter but students and commercial motorcyclists and we must know that many of the cyclists are not even indigenes of the town.”
Students of the Ekiti State University have been expressing their disappointment over their lecturers' indefinite strike, which started on Tuesday, January 16, 2018.
It's been six straight weeks of no academic activities in the institution as lecturers vow to continue the industrial action until the government pay the eight-month salaries it's owing them.
The situation is already taking its toll on the students, as freshmen who just gained admission into the school are becoming restless while final year students are getting frustrated over the lecturers' strike.
The university students have been reacting to the endless strike and some of them who spoke with
GodzGeneral correspondent expressed their worries and frustration about the situation.
A 100-level undergraduate of the Department of Theatre and Media Arts, Ifeoluwa Sanusi said, “ I have just got admitted and had been hopeful for a very busy and challenging learning experience. but then the school was shut down on January 16, and we have been here doing nothing. Efforts to read on our own have been boring and unchallenging, as there is no lecturer to guide you ."
Another 100-level student of the Department of English and Literary Studies, Maryan Ayodele said, “This strike is not good for us, especially those of us that are still freshmen. We are not happy because we are being delayed for no fault of ours. We are even losing confidence in the system. We appeal to the government to urgently heed the lecturers’ demand. They should just find a way and solve this problem once and for all and on time too. The campus has become a ghost town and everyone has left''
Begging the government and the lecturers, a 300 level student of the university said both parties should find a solution.
“ This strike is just delaying me and my future. I want both the teachers and the government to urgently find a solution to the crisis and let us resume for lectures.”
However, while many students appealed to both parties to find a lasting solution to the problem, others put the blame on the Governor Ayo Fayose administration’s failure to pay salaries.
One of such student is a 200 level undergraduate simply identified as Oluwaseun , who said the lecturers should not be blamed for the strike.
He said, “We learnt that our lecturers are on strike to demand some understanding from the government on the reduction of taxes that the government imposed on their salaries, and which they didn’t like. The lecturers also want the government to pay their outstanding salaries for eight months.
You will recall that the the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof Samuel Oye Bandele had
warned students who are cult members to quit the institution before they are caught.
Source can confirm that there will be asuu eksu congress today march 8 and we hope good result comes out from it..