Ekiti State Governor, Biodun Oyebanji has called on the Governing Council of three Higher Institutions in the state and their management to come up with a rescue agenda on how to reposition the Institutions.
The new councils inaugurated on Wednesday are Ekiti State University, EKSU, with Prof. Skin Oyebode, as Pro-Chancellor and Council Chairman, Bamidele Olumilia, University of Education, Science, Technology, Ikere-Ekiti, BOUESTI, headed by Wole Olanipekun, SAN, as Chancellor and Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, EKSUTH, with Dr. Adedamola Dada, as Council Chairman.
Oyebanji said the institutions must act rightly and cause a progressive change in the life of Institutions under their care.
Governor Oyebanji, made the remark in his speech at the government house chamber in Ado-Ekiti, saying they must work assiduously with the management and other stakeholders to end the precarious situation the Institutions find themselves in.
“Forge a way forward on how to end academic instability, students restiveness, unpaid salaries, bureaucratic slackness that makes it impossible to get certificate and transcript ready on time and a whole lot of problems that continue to confront the development of the institutions”
The Governor added that the schools are still faced with the challenge of meeting their emolument and overhead costs, just as institutional governance remains a big issue.
“There have been too many instabilities in the academic calendar of the Institutions, especially EKSU, which has greatly eroded stakeholders’ confidence in its stability and competitiveness”
“I urge the council to work towards ensuring stability in the academic calendar and full accreditation of programmes”
Governor Oyebanji said the council members and management must strive to be on top of the league in research, endowment and training of globally competitive students.
Responding on behalf of the three council members, Prof. Akin Oyebode, assured the Governor that they would all do their best to position the institutions where they are supposed to be to produce the best and the brightest.
Oyebode pledged their loyalty and commitment to their new assignment.