Fayemi Suspends College Provost After Fumigation Affect Health Of 100 Students

Moses Ofodeme

Ekiti State Governor. Kayode Fayemi, on Thursday, May 27, ordered the immediate suspension of Dr Cecilia Adebayo, the Provost of the state-owned College of Health Sciences and Technology, Ijero-Ekiti.

The suspension was announced in a statement issued in Ado-Ekiti by Mr Yinka Oyebode, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Fayemi.

The suspension will be in force; pending the outcome of the investigation into the circumstances that led to the hospitalisation; of no fewer than 100 students of the institution after controversial fumigation.

The statement also added that the suspension would be without prejudice; to the outcome of a meeting of the college’s governing council slated for next week.

Fayemi, further ordered that officials of the Federal Fire Services, who carried out the fumigation, should report to their headquarters in Abuja.

The Governor had constituted a panel to investigate what the statement described as an unfortunate incident.

Members of the panel are Dr Oyebanji Filani, the Commissioner for Health and Human Services as the Chairman; and also Dr Olabimpe Aderiye, the Commissioner for Education, Science, and Technology.

Mr Isaac Okeowo, the Director, Special Duties, Cabinet Office, Government House, would serve as the Secretary to the panel, the statement added.

Others as members are Princess Iyabo Fakunle-Okhiemen, the Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources; and Prof. Bolaji Aluko, Director-General, Office of Transformation and Service Delivery (OTSD); as well as Mr. Samuel Omoniyi, Director, State Fire Services; Prof. Isola Olomola and Chief Dupe Ogundipe.

According to the statement, the panel, which is to start work immediately, has only two weeks; to carry out its investigations and also report back to the governor directly.

Fayemi, who is the Visitor to the College, empathised with all the affected students and directed that their medical bills be taken over by the state government in all the hospitals they had been admitted to for treatment.

Fayemi urged the students and parents to remain calm; and also desist from any further violent conduct capable of affecting the peace of the town and the state in general.

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