The Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation has praised lecturers and graduating students of the Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, over performance in their degree programmes.
It said the performance is a reflection of resilience and winning spirit in both the lecturers and students to succeed in the face of daunting challenges that were allowed to fester to create unfriendly atmosphere for learning.
The Director of Media and Publicity of the Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation, Wole Olujobi, said in a statement on Saturday that the campaign group and governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Dr Kayode Fayemi, rejoiced with all the fresh graduates and particularly the 47 of them that made first class in their academic programmes.
“In spite of unfriendly academic environment characterised by non-payment of salaries and allowances and failure to assist the university to enjoy grants for academic programmes, the lecturers devised means to meet the challenges of producing graduates that can match their colleagues in academic programmes in well-funded universities.
“In spite of humiliating circumstances under which they work without salary for several months, the lecturers dropped the sentiments of labour union partisans to assume the responsibilities of concerned parents in the management of the unfriendly circumstances to ensure that academic programmes did not suffer in the university.
“We particularly praise the lecturers for the parental roles they played in ensuring the termination of their strike action when it appeared that the patron of the school was not bothered about their plights, particularly when Governor Ayodele Fayose reportedly advised the authorities of the school to close down the school and bring him the keys when the lecturers were demanding for payment of their salaries and subventions to the school that had not been paid for a very long time.
“We also commend the students for coming out in flying colours after burning the candles and after putting extra efforts to succeed in the face of unfriendly academic environment to produce that performance.”
The statement criticised Fayose for not “making a word of encouragement to those brilliant young men and women, who created that unprecedented record in academic performance in the university”.
He said: “Again, Governor Fayose displayed his contempt for academic excellence today when he attended EKSU graduation ceremony where 47 graduates made First Class without volunteering words of praise for those brilliant fresh graduates.
“He would not also comment on the efforts of the lecturers that produced that wonderful performance, instead, he kept tasking and taxing those awarded with honourary degrees to contribute for the development of the university.
“Neither did the governor say anything on the various demands by the authority, staff and students of the university on how to improve academic environment and quality of learning.
“In climes where leaders cherish education and brilliant performance, besides praising those bright young graduates for their record performance, they will be honoured to encourage other students coming after them for better performance.”
The statement also condemned Fayose for declaring that he came to the graduation ceremony mainly because his wife and the wife of Deputy Governor Olusola Eleka were graduating in Guidance and Counselling.
“Why will a governor declare in an academic community that he was at a graduation ceremony in an institution where he is the Visitor just because his wife is graduating from that university?
“Why will a governor call out his wife to a podium at a university graduation ceremony and ask the wife of a governorship candidate (Eleka) to tap anointing from his wife for onward transmission to her husband?
“We condemn this deliberate desecration of the citadel of learning and hostility to education in the Land of Honour with solid fountain to promote knowledge.
“Government’s activities should not be promoted or be more pronounced on the streets alone for selfish political advantage while neglecting critical academic environment where young men and women are baked to shape humanity.
“Ekiti State University will soon start to enjoy better attention when an academic with the right vision assumes the leadership of the state in October this year,” the statement concluded.