Ekiti State Federal University Declares Lecture-Free Day As Truck Kills 100-Level Student

By Damilare Adeleye
Late Taiwo Gbolahan
Late Taiwo Gbolahan

A first-year student of the Federal University Oye Ekiti, Ekiti State (FUOYE), Taiwo Gbolahan, have been confirmed dead after he was crushed by a truck along Ikole-Oye highway in the state.

It was learnt that the deceased, who was head of class for Quantity Survey Department, died on Friday morning.

Late Taiwo Gbolahan was said to be on his way to school while a truck rammed into the bike he boarded and crushed him to death.

Prof Dosu Malomo, the Dean of Student Affairs of the University, who confirmed the incident, noted that Taiwo Gbolahan died in the theatre where he was being attended to.

As contained in a statement issued on Saturday by Wole Balogun, Special Adviser on Media Matters to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abayomi Sunday Fasina, titled “Condolence Message And Lecture Free Day,” a lecture free -day was declared as mark of respect for the lost soul.

The statement partly read: "The University has received the sad news of the loss of one our students in a ghastly motor accident on Ikole-Oye highway today. This is in spite of the spirited and prompt efforts of the Directorate of University Medical Services to render help and convey the student to the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido, for comprehensive attention.

"Immediately the news got to the University management that the accident occurred, we sent ambulance and logistics to admit the deceased at Federal Medical Centre, Ido-Ekiti.

"His parents were informed and his daddy was at the hospital, the University shouldered the hospital bill and treatment for him began earnestly, it was when he was in the theatre that the unfortunate happened.

“The Vice- Chancellor and the entire University send its condolences for this unfortunate loss.

"Consequently, I wish to declare that Saturday the 17th of December is hereby declared a lecture free -day as mark of respect for the lost soul.

"Please, be rest assured that the University as a tradition will pay the parents a condolence visit immediately and equally improve on any matter which borders on welfare and the comfort of all students.”