From AMEDU JOSEPH, Lokoja

Following the face off between the Vice Chancellor of Federal University, Lokoja, Professor Angela Freeman Miri  and the host community over the alleged lopsidedness in the recent recruitment of junior staff cadres by the management of the institution, a renowned activist, Hon Oladipo Kayode has concluded plan to hold round-table discussion with the youths as a way of finding lasting solution to the crisis.

The activist in a statement made available to journalists in Lokoja, stressed the need for the host communities particularly the youths to support the continuous development of the university.

Hon Kayode who is  also the Executive Director of the Nigeria Education Assessment and Merit Center, noted that the place of  university in  the overall manpower development of  Kogi State cannot be overemphasized if we must maximize the benefit attached to  the location of the university in Lokoja, the state capital.

According to the statement, the proposed round-table discussion is aimed at  boosting understanding  and analyzing the grievances of the host communities particularly on the recent massive employment of staffers as a result of the introduction of new academic programmes by the present management of the university.

The statement also assured all stakeholders that the session will come  up with workable peace pact and lay foundation for partnership between the people of the host communities and the university.

It restated the need for the host communities to take the centre stage on issues that concerns the university as one of the main critical stakeholders on whose land the university is situated.

The statement however, condemned the recent face off and use of hate speech capable of causing disaffection amongst the league of stakeholders of the university.

“The university is a decent environment whose peace and tranquility we must assiduously stand up for at all times’ it added.

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