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Pay For The N168m Damages Or Drop Out – Akeredolu Tells RUGIPO Students | The Precision

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Governor of Ondo state, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, on Thursday expressed
his disappointment over the recent violent protest by students of the
state-owned polytechnic, Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo which led to the
destruction of many properties in the institution.

The governor made this known while receiving the report and
recommendations of a four-man committee of inquiry to look into the
immediate and remote causes of the violent protest.
Akeredolu noted that properties destroyed according to the committee worth over N168 million naira.
According to him, the students will pay for the damages to the last kobo in order to serve as a deterrent to others.
“I least expected any set of people, even students who are expected
to appreciate the tools of learning to have decided to destroy what is
meant for their interest.
“Whatever it will take, the students will definitely pay. It’s either they pay or they don’t want to go to school again.”
Akeredolu affirmed that those students arrested, their trial will
be completed and those found culpable will face the wrath of the law.
“We will look at the report, we will then meet with the governing
council and the inquiry committee to know the amount of reparation to
aportion to each students,” he said.

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Speaking while submitting the report, the Chairman of the committee,
Pastor Oyekan Arije said the committee had several meetings with the
management, Board of Studies, Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics
(ASUP), Non – Academic Staff Union (NASU), Senior Staff Association of
Nigeria Polytechnics (SSANIP), Students Union Government and other
stakeholders within and outside the institution before arriving at its
recommendations.
Arije who described the destruction and vandalism by the students
as unacceptable noted that one can hardly believe that students could
be so callous to destroy their own future.

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