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Fumigation: Fayemi Suspends College Provost




Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has suspended the Provost of the state college of health sciences and technology, Cecilia Adebayo.

The governor ordered Adebayo’s suspension following unfortunate events from the fumigation exercise carried out in the institution.

Following the fumigation, over 100 students of the institution were hospitalised after inhaling a chemical substance used in fumigating the school by officials of the Federal Fire Service.

While the fumigation exercise was said to be for COVID-19, it led to massive protest by the students on Monday, May 24, where property and vehicles at the administrative building were destroyed.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, on Thursday, May 27, Fayemi said that the provost would remain suspended pending the outcome of the investigation into what he described as a “controversial fumigation exercise.”

The governor also added that an eight-man investigative panel which would be headed by the Commissioner for Health, Oyebanji Filani, had been set up to unravel the circumstances behind the incident.

Fayemi said that the panel which is to commence work immediately would turn in its report in two weeks.

Fayemi said: “The suspension is without prejudice to the outcome of a meeting of the College’s Governing Council slated for next week.

“The officials of the Federal Fire Services that carried out the fumigation exercise have also been directed to report back to their office in Abuja.”

The governor, who visited the institution, revealed that the medical bills of the affected students would be taken over by the government.


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