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Students Protest, Hold Commissioner Hostage In Ilorin

Reports from Ilorin, the Kwara State Capital say, students of the College of Education, Ilorin, on Wednesday protested the decision of their lecturers to stop ongoing examinations.

The Lecturers action is allegedly “over non-payment of their salaries.”

The protesting students reportedly held the Commissioner of Tertiary Institution, Afeez Abolore, the Acting Provost, Dr Ahmed Jimoh Ayinla and other officials of the institution, hostage for about two hours.

One of the aggrieved Lecturers, told Journalists that “the management is owing us full July salary and 40 percent of August salary and they refused to pay despite the fact that the students had paid their fees.”

He said the Academic Staff then refused to invigilate and also refused to allow any examination to take place.

“They had just finished taking the computer-based examinations and were expected to start the written examination Wednesday, October 19,2022,” the Lecturer said.

The Lecturers are said to be demanding that at least sixty per cent of the July salary should be paid, and threatened that failure to get alerts this morning will leave them with no option than to stop the ongoing examinations.

Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Dr Afeez Abolore,reportedly arrived at the institution on Wednesday morning and moved straight to the Academic Board room to hold meeting with the management team.

Reports say, while the meeting was ongoing, representatives of the students’ union entered the meeting venue uninvited and announced that they were giving the Provost a 10am ultimatum to resolve the issues and threatened to ‘strike’ if it was not done.

The angry students consequently carried out their threat, and held the Commissioner and others hostage, and also reportedly vandalized the Academic Board building.

Our Correspondent could not reach the college authority at the time of this report.


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