A student of the Federal University Oye Ekiti (FUOYE) has died after being involved in an accident.
The road mishap involving his bike and a truck occurred on Friday along Ikole secretariat road in Ekiti state.
The victim, identified as Taiwo Gbolahan, is the class governor of the Quantity Survey department at the varsity.
FUOYE is situated in Oye-Ekiti in the Oye LGA of the state and Ikole-Ekiti, splitting the varsity into two campuses.
Both campuses are 23.7 km apart, often taking the students and lecturers 37 minutes to commute between them.
A student source who spoke on the incident said Gbolahan was instructed by one of their lecturers to submit the assignments for the class before 9 am, prompting him to mount a bike in a bid to beat the deadline.
“MTH 101 is for all faculties, including Engineering, Environmental Management & Design, and Agriculture. The victim in Quantity Survey, in Environmental Management. He’s the governor of his department,” the source said.
“The lecturer of MTH 101 insisted that we submit the works as early as 9 am yesterday. The rep had to rush to school as early as 6:21 am to gather the assignments from the class at the Ikare-Ekeiti campus.
“It was when he made for the Oye-Ekiti campus that he was killed in the bike accident on the expressway. The school has said nothing about overstretching the students by making them submit things at Oye that early.
“We’ve repeatedly asked that the school management create a shuttle for us to halt the use of bikes on campus.”
On the nature of the crash, a source said the commercial bike Gbolahan hailed attempted to overtake a trailer truck when the victim’s backpack got stuck to the truck’s shaft, pulling the course rep off the two-wheeler in a fatal crash.
“The bike man didn’t wait. He ran away after the accident. We haven’t heard much from the lecturer, who cited a school meeting as the reason for the early submission, or the school since the Gbolahan’s death,” the student added.
Newsmen contacted the Ekiti state police command and the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in the state, both of whose spokespersons had no information on the road accident as of when this report was filed.
The school declared a lecture-free day to honor the deceased and hold a meeting, while the SUG blamed the school management for the incident.
Source: The Cable