Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Ondo State, also known as RUGIPO, says it will reopen on Monday to complete the 2016/2017 academic session, but each student must pay N12, 000.00 as damages as well as submit a letter of apology signed by a prominent person; this development is coming days after the Students’ Union Government issued a seven-day ultimatum.
Remember the school was shut almost three months ago after serious protest by the students, a panel set up by the government to probe the January 22 violence which led to the school’s closure recommends the re-opening, the panel also slammed a N168 million damages on students for destroying school property during the violence.
A statement by the Governing Council Chairman, Mr Banji Alabi, said the resumption was authorised after due consultations with Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
The statement reads: “All fresh students (ND 1 and HND 1) are to resume on Monday April 30, 2018, while returning students are to resume on May 14, 2018.”
In addition to the payment of N12,000 reparation fee, the council said returning student must submit an apology letter in which each students must pledge to be of good conduct after resumption.
The council said the letter must be signed by a prominent member of society, including elected members of House of Assembly, civil servants not below the rank of a Permanent Secretary, Chairmen of Local Government Areas or a legal practitioner.
While reaffirming his commitment to reposition the polytechnic for improve service delivery, Alabi sought for stakeholders’ co-operation in the ongoing consultations and tasks ahead.
He said: “As we work to ensure the commencement of what we hope would be a seamless academic calendar, we request from stakeholders to keep faith in our ability, show patience and commitment to the project.
“In changing the fortune of the school, it requires concessions, sacrifice and tolerance towards changes that may occur as we cannot successfully rebuild for the future without first acknowledging that change comes with pain.”
“We are passionate about changing Rufus Giwa Polytechnic and make it a leading research institute committed to improving the human condition through advanced knowledge of science and technology. We demand every stakeholder’s enthusiastic support.” He said
Ayodele Oluwatobi, the SUG Public Relations Officer, described the development as “good news”, saying students were elated to be called back to school.