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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

FG may consider 2 campuses for Ekiti varsity by Clement Idoko

THE Federal Government may have yielded to the agitation of the people of Ekiti State over the location of the new university it created for the state by considering two campuses for the institution.

The federal university, which is among the nine new universities created by President Goodluck Jonathan, with a proposed take-off date of September 2011, has been operating from Abuja because of the controversy over where it will be sited.

Nigerian Tribune gathered in Abuja that in order to placate the indigenes of Ikole-Ekiti, government would allow the new university to run some programmes at Ikole-Ekiti, while Oye-Ekiti would remain the main campus of the university.

According to a credible source, this proposal would be presented to President Jonathan, who is the Visitor to the university, to give approval on the number of colleges or programmes to be located at the Ikole-Ekiti campus.

The decision of the Federal Government to wade into the crisis over location of the university in the state is borne out of the desire to ensure that a good number of the new universities kick off officially by September as promised by President Jonathan since last year.

The National Universities Commission (NUC) had to allocate an office space to the Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Chinedu Nebo to commence work, pending when the issues bothering on the site of the university were resolved.

Executive Secretary of the NUC, Prof. Julius Okojie who spoke while handing over the office space as temporary office for the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti then, pointed out that “Oye Ekiti has all it takes to host the university”.

The governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, had, in his recent visit on the Minister of Education, Professor Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa’i, told newsmen that the state government and Federal Government were working out the contentious issues surrounding the location of the University.

The Governor had then promised that nothing would stop the take-off of the university as proposed.

However, it was reliably gathered that two or three colleges might be allowed to run from Ikole-Ekiti while Oye-Ekiti will be the main campus of the university.

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