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Ekiti govt makes U-turn, retains varsity at Ikere

By Gbenga Ariyibi
Ekiti State Government has finally resolved the crisis surrounding the establishment of the state-owned University of Education, Ikere Ekiti, TUNEDIK, as it has decided to retain the University in Ikere Community.

When Ikere Community tried to hold tenaciously to the state College of Education and the University, despite the state government order that it should settle for one, the University was temporarily relocated to Ifaki Ekiti, the country-home of Governor Segun Oni when it was apparent that the community was about to be embroiled in crisis

Briefing newsmen  yesterday, the  Secretary to the State Government, Ambassador Dare Bejide, said the resolution was an aftermath of wide consultations with the State Council of Traditional Rulers and Ikere Community.

Bejide, who also disclosed that a committee headed by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Sikiru Tae Lawal has been set up to make recommendations on the location of the new State College of Education, said the committee will submit its reports within two weeks.

Other people on the reconciliation committee are: Dr. Oyarekun-Adejugbe Moji, Dr. Kunle Adelusi, Dr. Dupe Olaniyan and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs. K. O. Aderiye, who is to serve as the committee secretary.

According to the State Scribe, “As part of the State Government’s determination to resolve the lingering crisis of Higher Institution of learning in Ikere-Ekiti, the State government in consultation with Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers and Ikere Community has resolved that The University of Education should remain in Ikere-Ekiti while the College of Education be sited in a new location.

“To this end, a committee headed by Mr. Deputy Governor has been constituted by the State Government, to make recommendations on the location of the new State College of Education,” the statement read.

It would be recalled that TUNEDIK was established in January, 20, 2008 as the 31st state University and the 92nd University in Nigeria. The University formally took off on the 16th of May, 2008 as an upgrade of the College of Education, Ikere Ekiti.

The intention of government was that the College will be phased out for the University because the National University Commission (NUC) regulation of not allowing universities to award NCE is clear and remains still in force.


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