Ekiti varsity declares zero tolerance for cultism


The Vice Chancellor of the Ekiti State University (EKSU), Prof. Samuel Oye Bamidele, at the weekend announced a zero tolerance for cultism.

He made the declaration, tagged: “Operation no cultism in EKSU” at the Ado Ekiti campus of the university.

According to him, the recent killing of two students by cultists in the shool necessitated the position.

Bamidele lauded the Ekiti State government for his quick accent to the anti-cultism bill, which prescribed severe penalty for offenders to serve as a deterrent to others.

On universities’ ranking against their counterparts in other climes, he said only research innovations should be used in making the assessment.

He stressed that the only way that the current web metrics ranking of Nigerian universities could be subdued, is to address the perennial problem of underfunding.

The VC called for an increase in the funding of higher institutions, stating that while the monthly wage bill of Ekiti varsity is N500million, the state government released only N270million.

He also urged universities’ management to device ways of generating additional revenue to make them to function properly.

While appealing for more government support, he commended Governor Ayodele Fayose for putting issues affecting the university on the priority list.

He said: “The global economic recession makes it expedient for university managers to think outside the box.

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