Authorities of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko in Ondo State yesterday protested the posting of its graduates to states in the North for the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC.
It will be recalled that a graduate of the institution, Mr. Kehinde Jehleel Adeniji, who was serving in Bauchi State, was killed during the April 16 Presidential election violence that erupted in some states.
A statement by the Institution’s Public Relations Officer, PRO, Mr. Sola Imoru, said the “institution is still traumatised by the death of one of its alumni. The University notices with dismay, that some of its graduates were still posted to those violence-prone states, including Bauchi, where Adeniji was mercilessly hacked to death, without sufficient guarantee of their safety by the NYSC.
This smacks of outright insensitivity and total disregard for the sensibility of the AAUA community and stakeholders.”
“The University has received various calls from the parents and guardians of these graduating students, and some of them too, about their apprehension in being posted to those states. Consequently, the university is requesting that its graduates should not be posted to the afore-mentioned states in order to guarantee their safety and assuage the anxiety of these students and their parents and guardians.
While the university believes in the principles underlying the establishment of the NYSC, it is of the opinion that, at least, in the interim, graduating students should serve in their geo-political zones until the NYSC is in a position to guarantee their safety and the Federal Government is able to effectively address the huge security challenges in the country.”