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Why We Stopped JAMB Exams Candidates From Our Campus – LAUTECH Students Speak Up


Students of LAUTECH have explained why
they vehemently refused to allow candidates
of the 2017 UTME examination, from entering
the institution.
According to Premium Times, the students of
the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology,
Ogbomosho, have explained why they shut the
gates of the institution against candidates of
the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation
Examination, UTME last week.
The candidates who were to sit for the
examinations on Monday last week at a
Computer-Based Test (CBT) centre inside
LAUTECH were prevented from gaining
entrance into the campus by protesting
students of the institution.
The students who had mobilised for the
protest, stationed themselves as early as 6.00
a.m. in teams at all the entrances into the
institution.
Their barricades prevented movement into
and inside the campus, denying even staff of
the institution entry.
Some of the students who spoke to Premium
Times on Tuesday said their move was
targeted at drawing the attention of the
Federal and State governments to their plight.
The institution, jointly owned by Oyo and Osun
states, was closed between June 2016 and
February this year.
The failure of the two states in fulfilling their
shared funding responsibility provoked the
workers to shut down the institution, just
before the students were scheduled to begin
their second semester examinations.
The two state governments in February paid
N500 million for settlement of workers’
salaries, prompting the school to resume.
Upon resumption, the students completed
their 2015/2016 academic year first semester
exams in April but academic activities have
since again been put on hold.
“Last week we thought it right to call the
attention of the federal and state government.
We thought that preventing JAMB candidates
from writing exams is the only avenue we can
use to make our agitation well known,”
Oyedeji Ahmad, a final year student of
Agronomy said.
“We are yet to start receiving lectures, we
want the governors to address our plight.
“We have been in the same level since 2015.
The final year students are not sure of
graduating this year. Due to this frustration, a
lot of students have engaged in social vices,
cyber crimes etc.
“The younger students are now taking and
gaining admissions into higher institutions but
we in the final year are just trapped,” Mr.
Ahmad said.
Freedom Siasia, a 300-level student, said he
was to participate in the UTME but was
prevented even though he was a student of
the institution.
“I obtained a JAMB form since the strike has
kept me on the same level for long. On that
Monday, I even begged to be allowed to enter
since I am a student of the school with a
registration number, but I was not allowed.
The argument was that JAMB candidates
should go back to their parents and tell them
what happened then something might be
done,” Siasia said.
He however added that he later wrote his
exams in Shaki, a neighboring town.
David Tunwagun, a final year student of
biochemistry said he entered the school in
2011 and was to graduate in 2016 but has not
due to the crisis in the school.
“We are not getting younger,” Mr. David
stressed.
The alumni association of the school over the
weekend apologized to JAMB and UTME
candidates while condemning the students for
their actions.
“The Alumni Association understands that the
students’ action was borne out of frustration
on the effect of the strike action on their
future. We therefore apologize to the
candidates, JAMB Management and the entire
public for the untold hardship and
embarrassment the action might have caused
them.
“In a similar vein, the Alumni Association in
strong unequivocal terms, condemns the
despicable action of a section of the students
that went on the rampage and distastefully
displayed the obituary of a living Vice-
Chancellor. We find this act as barbaric and a
display of poor character,” the association
said in a statement signed by its spokesman,
Samson Owoyokun.
Meanwhile, JAMB said it has conducted the
UTME process for the affected candidates in
Oyo.
“They later took the exams in different
centres in Oyo and it was hitch free”, JAMB’s
spokesperson, Fabian Benjamin, told Premium
Times on phone.
LAUTECH spokesperson, Lekan Fadeyi, told
Premium Times that the lecturers have
resumed but he could not comment on why
the students hindered the UTME process.
“The students are in the best position to say
why they acted the way they did,” he said.
But Mr. Owoyokun, the spokesman of the
alumni association, said academic activities in
the school remain paralyzed because the
governments were till owing lecturers and
other workers seven months salary.
“When the school resumed in February, the
lecturers received N581million, payment for
two and a half months – July 2016, January
and half of February was covered.
“However, they are still being owed five
months from last year and two months for this
year making it seven months.
“They have not gone on strike officially but if
you go to the school, academic activities have
being paralyzed, doors are shut,” Mr.
Owoyokun said.
Meanwhile, the students were set for another
round of protests from Wednesday morning
when they vowed to march to Osogbo.
“We are going on another peaceful protest in
Osogbo to demand for reopening of the
university,” Mr. Ahmad said. 

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