Four Eminent Traditional Rulers in Ekiti State have pledged total support to the upliftment of Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti.
The support came from the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adejugbe, the Alara of Aramoko Ekiti, Oba Adegoke Olu Adeyemi, the Alaworoko of Iworoko Ekiti and the Olufaki of Ifaki-Ekiti, Oba J. O. Agbaje during separate visit by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Samuel Oye Bandele and members of EKSU Management to them.
At the Ewi’s Palace, the traditional Ruler supported the vision of the Vice-Chancellor in utilizing the large portion of land belonging to the university to embark a virile commercial agriculture. The Traditional Ruler promised to help to prevent land speculators from
disrupting the Project.
Oba Rufus Adejugbe promised to give adequate support to the Vice-Chancellor and the University. Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor had told the Ewi that he would need his support to increase the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the University and that commercial agriculture was going to be a priority in that line.
Professor Bandele appealed to the traditional ruler to use his position to persuade those creating tension on the land to desist.
On his part, the Alara of Aramoko Ekiti, Oba Adeyemi promised to put his weight behind all steps taken by the Vice-Chancellor to improve the University and stressed that as the Chancellor of the institution would ensure, alongside with the Vice-Chancellor, that the entire University community remain peaceful. He charged the Vice-Chancellor to use his past experience as the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Education, Ikere-Ekiti (TUNEDIK) and the University of Science and Technology, Ifaki-Ekiti (USTI) to widen the horizon of the Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti.
Oba Adeyemi further stressed that he would always be available for any assignment that would benefit the University. At the Alaworoko’s palace, Oba Michael Aladejana asked the Vice-chancellor to assist in
giving employment to the indigenes of the town. The Vice-Chancellor promised to assists.
The indigenes of Iworoko – Ekiti. According to the Vice-Chancellor, the University will be open and fair in recruitment exercise. He thanked the Alaworoko and his chiefs for ensuring peaceful
co-existence between Iworoko community and EKSU students.
At Ifaki-Ekiti, the Onifaki, of Ifaki-Ekiti, Oba J. A. Agbaje welcomed, the Vice-Chancellor an assured him of his usual cooperation.
The Oba noted that Professor Bandele was not a stranger to him both in person and in achievements noting that he would transform in Ekiti State University.