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    FUOYE unveils measures to cushion effects of subsidy removal

    Abiodun Olusoga Fanoro

    The Vice Chancellor, Federal University Oye Ekiti (FUOYE), Prof. Abayomi Sunday Fasina has assured staff and students of the institution of the commitment of his administration to their wellbeing at all times, particularly on challenges posed to transportation and other related essential social needs, by the imperative of the removal of petrol subsidy by the Federal Government.

    Prof. Fasina gave the assurance at a joint meeting with leaders of all the labour unions in the university, where after intense dialogue and consultation, he unveiled some immediate palliative measures aimed at cushioning the hash effects of the exercise, which included purchasing and deployment of new 60-seaters bus to transport staff to and from office from the satellite towns and villages they were resident, at a highly subsidised and affordable fares.

    The Vice Chancellor who said the new bus bought at the cost of about N43 million, with proceeds from this year’s Convocation ceremony and cash donations to the university by Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN) and Chief Bisi Onasanya, former Managing Director of First Bank, would complement existing ones in the staff transportation-fleet, pioneered by his administration.

    The FUOYE boss while using the occasion to express the profound gratitude of the staff to the duo for the relief their good gestures had brought to them, appealed to other well-meaning Nigerians, particularly indigenes of Ekiti to emulate them and contribute to the development of the institution

    Meanwhile the VC had warned against the practice by a few staff fond of going to queue for seats in the buses, before official closing hour in order to gain advantage over others, adding that it was an act of misconduct that would attract sanction of any member of staff found culpable.

    He further disclosed that the university had also just procured a brand new ambulance for the the school’s Medical Centre to complement the the old in the services of the Centre.

    Also as part of measures to ameliorate the current adverse effects of petrol subsidy removal, the Vice-Chancellor revealed that university’s Management had approved two teaching-learning formats for the institution, on-line and physical, which he noted were effectively and efficiently experimented and perfected during the global Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, stressing that this measure would substantially reduce challenges of transport actions and other related exigencies lecturers and students would be subjected to if operating the traditional teaching-learning system.

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