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By Lere Olayinka
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A socio-political group based in Ekiti State, the Ekiti Positive Forum

(EPF) has appealed to the State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi to compensate the people of Ikole town and Ikole Local Government as a whole for the loss of the Federal University by siting the proposed Institute of Science and Technology in the council area.

The Forum, which also assured the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Prof Chinedu Nebo of the cooperation of all Ekiti sons and daughters, said “since the Federal Government has been magnanimous enough to site a campus of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti in Ikole where faculties of Engineering and Agriculture would operate from, Governor Fayemi should also show statesmanship by giving the Institute of Science and Technology, which his government intends to establish to Ikole or any town in the local government.

In a statement issued in Ado-Ekiti today, and signed by its Chairman, Chief David Oke and Secretary, Evangelist Moses Adekunle, the EPF said siting the proposed Institute of Science and Technology in Ikole or any of towns in the council area would further demonstrate that the governor truly love the Ikole people.

“We wish to express our profound appreciation to all well-meaning Nigerians, especially indigenes that saw to the amicable settlement of the crises that ensued over the location of the federal university.

“Now that the issue of location of the university has been settled in a no victor, no vanquished manner, it has also become necessary that we begin to look beyond the university and see how the Fayemi-led government intends to distribute amenities in the State.

“One of the amenities that we are interested in is the proposed Institute of Science and Technology.

“It is our opinion that the only way that Fayemi can demonstrate genuine empathy towards the people of Ikole is to give them the Institute in addition to the two faculties of the Federal University.

“The campus of the Federal University will not be enough to assuage the people Dr. Fayemi had earlier promised the Federal University.

“The governor should know that apart from the loss of lives, Ikole people also lost the chance of having their own son in the House of Representatives because of the university,” the Forum said.