It is saddening that some students of Kwara State College of Education, Ilorin went outside the College campus in their hundreds in the early hours of Monday, 13th August, 2018 to protest the boycott of the ongoing second semester examinations by members of the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), Kwara State College of Education, Ilorin Chapter due to non-payment of salaries despite the College Provost’s appeal to them to drop the idea.
For the purpose of clarity, the College Provost, Dr. AbdulRaheem Yusuf while addressing the angry students infront of his office on the fateful day told them that the ugly situation was being addressed by the State Government and that their examinations would continue as scheduled. But unfortunately, the students defiled the Provost’s appeal and went ahead to display unruly behaviour outside the College in the name of carrying out a protest. The College Management condemns this action as neither the Governing Council nor the Management of the institution was in support of this uncivilized development. We wish to state categorically at this juncture that the Governing Council and the Management of the College are loyal to the State Government and will not indulge in any act that will jeopardize the tireless efforts of the State Government at moving the education sector of the State to the next level.
On behalf of the Governing Council, Management, Staff and innocent students of the College, we hereby tender our unreserved apology to His Excellency, Alh. (Dr.) Abdulfatah Ahmed, the Executive Governor of Kwara State for the embarrassment caused by this condemnable action. Our apology also goes to Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki (CON), the Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Royal Highness, Alh. (Dr.) Alh.Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, the Emir of Ilorin and other Stakeholders over the ugly incidence.
However, we want to seize this opportunity to thank the State Government for her quick response in this regard which has assisted the College Management to bring the situation under control and consequently, the suspended examinations have commenced in earnest.