The Vice Chancellor, Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Professor Isaac Asuzu, recently had an interactive session with officers of Oye Youth Association, OYA, a socio-cultural and economic youth vanguard in Oye community; the meeting was the first of its kind since the Vice Chancellor assumed duties in the institution.

Venue was the conference room of the Vice Chancellor.

Speaking on behalf of the youths, the President of the association, Omowaye Ayodeji, thanked the Vice Chancellor for squeezing time out of his busy schedule to parley with them.

While promising a cordial working relationship between the association and the university, Mr  Ayodeji volunteered that OYA members can be very beneficial to the university in ensuring harmonious relationship between town and gown, and especially as it relates to safety of students and staff living among the natives. He expressed the association’s preparedness to work in-conjunction with the institution to realize the overall goals of the institution.

Mr  Ayodeji also pleaded with the Vice Chancellor for employment and admission opportunities for Oye people especially with regards to catchment slots for the indigenous people. The youth leader also indicated interest of their people in the area of building and supply contracts from the university. Mr Ayodeji affirmed that the community understands that the compensation for the land is to be paid by the state government. He however pleaded with the Vice Chancellor to help in facilitating the compensation to deserving land owners.

In his response, the Vice Chancellor equally expressed delight at the visit, saying that his doors would remain open to the association for any interface over the progress of the young institution as long as he was given prior notice.

Professor Asuzu assured him that the university gives special consideration for Oye indigenous people in the areas of employment, admission and contracts. He however, pointed out that most contract awards are outside his jurisdiction, assuringthem he would keep to his word on admitting and employing qualified candidates of Oye descent where vacancies exist.

The Vice Chancellor further maintained that his administration is favourably disposed towards a mutual beneficial relationship between the institution and the host community and as such any useful contributions to that effect will always be embraced.