FUOYE releases buses for students amid transportation row

Olamide Omotayo

Following the spiral hike in transportation fares within Oye Ekiti, the host community of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti, the school management has provided the school-owned coaster buses and two other buses to convey students to school.

This was made known in a statement jointly signed by the President of the school’s Student’s Union Government, Mr. Salaudeen Teslim, and the Public Relations Officer, Mr. Adedokun Abolore, on Wednesday, 26 October, 2022.

According to the union, it has not agreed on the recent change of transport fare with the drivers whom he described as those who are “dubiously executing their plans of extra charges against the initial price”.

The union, while charging the students to be calm, instructed them to maintain the status quo of #50 and #70.

The statement reads: “In the last couple of days, it has been terrifying for the transport sector in the host communities. However, we want to inform you all that the Union has not in any way agreed to the recent “change of price of transportation fare” as Students are to maintain the status quo of #50 and #70 respectively until we reach a new consensus with the drivers who are dubiously executing their plans of extra charges against the initial price.

It added that; “…we are charging our members to remain calm as we assure you all that, we will deploy everything legally possible to address the issue with the appropriate quarters.”

Harping on the high spate of insecurity across the country, particularly within the state, the union warned the students against night travel.

“It should be recalled that the leadership of the Students’ Union Government has earlier released a memorandum, charging her members to avoid night travels due to insecurity and deplorable conditions of roads linking other states to Ekiti State. On that note, we still want to appeal to you to avoid night travels.

‘Similarly, the Union is engaging critical stakeholders to ensure that the 9 pm restriction of motorcyclists moment in Oye-Ekiti is reviewed with immediate effect.”

In another development, the union disclosed that it had set up a committee to oversee various issues arising from the housing sector to settle accommodation crises between landlords and students.

“Furthermore, as a way to consolidate the efforts of the Hostel Task Force created by the Union, a committee that has been overseeing various issues arising from the housing sector in our host communities, we are informing our members to henceforth also reach out to Senators representing their constituency at the Students Union Representatives Council and also their faculty Presidents. This is necessary to hasten the resolution of any accommodation crisis.

“Lastly, we are glad to inform you that the issue of “Egbon Adugbos” will soon become something of the past as hands are already on deck and we hope there will be changes in our host communities and also hope the unlawful attack and harassment of our Students would stop as well,” it said in a statement.

The union further lauded the students for their cooperation and support for the leadership of the Students’ Union Government.

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