FUNAAB Senate to consider report of committee on students’ protest

 Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta

Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta

The Senate of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), will soon sit to consider the report of the committee set up to unravel the immediate and remote causes of the recent students’ protest at the institution, with a view to preventing a reoccurrence.

The school’s management set up the committee at the Special Senate meeting of the school, which held on Monday, August 22, 2016, to assist staff and students provide additional security and to further support the initiatives of the federal and state governments towards the protection of lives and property.

During the Senate meeting, the earlier declared mid-semester break was extended pending the submission of report by the committee.

Vice chancellor of the school, Prof. Olusola Oyewole, while monitoring the 2016/2017 pre-admission screening exercise, said the committee had just submitted its report, adding that the Senate would soon sit to consider the report and take a decision on the new resumption date.

The Senior Information and Monitoring Officer of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Mr. Mohammed Tanko, who was on ground during the screening exercise, lauded the school for a well-executed pre-admission screening exercise, saying the logistics and welfare were well managed just as approved laid down procedures were adhered to.

Tanko, who said he was to ensure that the school does not breach the directive of the Federal Government concerning the screening exercise, “So far so good, the process has been smooth. I observed that the security arrangements were properly made. The traffic and strategy that were deployed by both the internal and external security personnel, the Department of State Services (DSS) officers, which I saw on ground and men of other sister-agencies, who participated in the screening, were very much commendable. The strategy of the decentralised screening centre was commendable, as students were well taken care of while transportation logistic was also commendable.”

“One thing that was encouraging was the inclusion of security agents among members of the screening panel, especially, those from the National Drug and Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the DSS … I am very proud of the process and the formation of the panel because we have to ensure that candidates, who are qualified, are admitted while those who do not merit admission do not come and take the place of those who we really need to be productive agents in the future,” he added.

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