By Samuel Faleye, Akure
The Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology Akure, Prof.Adebiyi Daramola has tendered an apology to Deji of Akure,Oba Aladetoyinbo and his council,saying they hold the traditional ruler in high esteem.
A statement from the Institution said, “Our attention has been drawn to a press statement issued by the Akure Community Development Forum (ACDF), on the crisis at the Federal University of Technology Akure and the Conduct of the VC in respect of the office and person of the Deji of Akure.
“We state from the outset that the Principal officers, Management, staff, students and the entire University community led by the VC, Prof Adebiyi Daramola, hold Oba Aladetoyinbo in High Esteem not only because he is the Chief Host of our institution and the Custodian of the Culture and traditions of the good People of Akure Kingdom but also because he has shown interest in the development and affairs of FUTA.
“He has since his ascension to the esteemed throne of his fore fathers shown repeatedly that he is a father to all and a peacemaker. Indeed but for his fatherly role and quick interventions at various levels the crisis in FUTA would have escalated.
“We recall his intervention which led to peace meetings between the parties to the crisis. Kabiyesi graciously hosted some of the meetings and did everything to ensure that the issues did not escalate. The Governing Council members of the University when they were briefed on the fatherly role of Kabiyesi in the peace building efforts had only words of appreciation for him and the Deji- in- Council
“From the foregoing therefore the VC and the entire University Community have no reason whatsoever and have never in any way or form dragged the Deji-in-Council and the Akure Community into disrepute or shown contempt to our revered Royal Father.
“There was never any attempt and there will never be any move on the part of the VC and the entire FUTA Community to desecrate the traditional institution of Akure. We will continue to guard jealously the FUTA-Akure Partnership which remains the pivot of the University engagement with the larger Akure Community.
“We also seize this opportunity to tender unreserved apology to Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi Odundun II and the Deji- in- Council over the crisis and whatever injury some misrepresentations may have caused.
“For the avoidance of doubt the VC and the entire FUTA Community regard Oba Aladetoyinbo, as our Father and we will continue to extend to him the full respect of his office and his person at all times”.