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The Vice-Chancellor Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Professor Isaac U. Asuzu, has canvassed for the establishment of a University/Community Security Committee to ensure continued peace between the University and its host communities. Speaking while receiving the Executive Chairman, Oye Local Government Area, Hon. Omotayo Ogundare in his office, the university don disclosed that with a university population of about 4,000 staff and students interspersed within two communities of Oye and Ikole, there was an urgent need to inaugurate this committee which would nurture existing peaceful co-existence between the two communities and provide pro-active steps to nip threats in the bud.
He disclosed that due to inadequate hostel accommodation in the university, students have had to rent apartments and live with the host communities. This has had its downside as occasional skirmishes have been reported. There have been reports of students beaten up and even some female students sexually harassed. At an instance, a major showdown was averted. He therefore called on the local council executive to use his reach and office to facilitate this committee for the good of all.


Speaking earlier, the Executive Chairman disclosed he had just assumed office and considered it appropriate to familiarize himself with his immediate environment. Reports, he said, had it that peace was reigning in Oye and he was desirous of having it sustained, more so, as he, like other Council Chairmen, had been charged to ensure crisis-free polity.  He therefore called on the university to partner with the council to curb minor demeanors prevalent in the community as the State Government would hold the Council Chairman responsible for any breach of the peace in his local area. Cooperation of the university was therefore sought to deal with any deviant behaviors within and outside the institution.
 He equally solicited for a robust relationship with the university such that could lead to mutually benefitting partnerships, pledging the willingness of the Local Council to assist the university in any way it can.
The Vice-Chancellor informed his guest that the establishment of Centre for Entrepreneurial Development and Support Services (CEDSS) was one of the ways the university was planning to positively impact the town and make them feel the presence of gown. One step in the offing is to train the indigenes in skills acquisition and entrepreneurial capacities to better their lives. This the university would undertake in due course at no cost to beneficiaries.
Amplifying the peace motif, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor R. A. Omolehin, stressed that there was no substitute for peace if the university most achieve its set goals. According to him, university is derived from the word universal and as such all its activities must be in tune with this reality. So visitors come to the university from across the world and it matters much what impressions they take away with them. To advance the course of knowledge, we need people from all works of life and to achieve this there must be peace, the DVC emphasized.
The vice-chancellor, in appreciating his guest assured him his doors would always be open to receive him any day.    


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