Students of the All-State College of Education in Ero, Ondo State, took to the streets on Monday to protest the delay in mobilising those who have completed all the necessary requirements for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme.
News About Nigeria gathered that the college is affiliated with Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA), in the Akoko South-West area of the state.
According to reports, no fewer than 400 graduates of the school participated in the protest, chanting songs of solidarity and insisting that the school release them for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
Academic activities were halted, and the Proprietor of the Institution, Fasua Oyeleye, was detained in his office for over six hours.
The aggrieved students also demanded that their school fees paid over the period of five years be refunded to them, stating that the essence of schooling was not complete without serving their fatherland.
The Proprietor of the Institution, Fasua Oyeleye, was, however, rescued by members of the police force, who were invited by the management of the institution.
Speaking on the situation, the President of the institution’s Students Union Government, Olusola Gbenga, stated that 400 graduates were still awaiting mobilization months and years after graduation. He noted that the protest was due to the omission of the school’s name on the portal of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA).
“The VC, who was DVC, had promised us that we would go for the NYSC program,” he said.
He further noted that the protest would continue until the students were sure of their fate, as they were tired of the empty promises of the school management.
The Students Affairs Officer of the institution, Samuel Adebayo, also spoke on the situation, disclosing that the Proprietor, Fasua Oyeleye, had to be taken away by security operatives to avoid an attack by the students.
He stated that the Proprietor is helpless in the matter and is of the belief that the students will go for NYSC after graduation.
He called on the management of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA), to come out and clear the air on the fate of the students.