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Esther Ademola and Mariam OJuroungbe
A student of Ogun State Institute of Technology (OGITECH), Yusuf Malik has been reported to have died after being hit by a speeding motorcycle at the entrance of the institution.
PLATFORM TIMES learnt that the death of the student has led to agitations and protest by his colleagues who reportedly blocked the school entrance on Wednesday morning.
PLATFORM TIMES reports that the protesting students stopped the ongoing examination in the school as both lecturers and non-teaching staff were not allowed to enter the school premises.
The students were seen armed with different placards demanding for a better health Centre in the institution.
Findings by PLATFORM TIMES reporter revealed that the student who was an ND1 Computer Engineering in OGITECH was hit by the motorcycle while crossing to the school gate for examination on Tuesday.
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that the student was immediately rushed to the school clinic where he was rejected over an alleged lack of necessary medical equipment to treat him.
It was also learnt that efforts by the students to use the school Ambulance in transporting the deceased to hospital was not successful as the school claimed there was no fuel in it.
One of the students who were at the scene and also part of those that rushed the deceased to the school clinic told PLATFORM TIMES that Malik would have survive if he was able to recieve medical attention immediately the accident happened.
The student hinted that the deceased gave up while his colleagues were making effort to look for other transport means in getting the injured student to hospital in the community.
According to the student present at the scene, “the students immediately after being hit by a motorcycle was rushed to the clinic opposite the school, of which he was rejected.
“And this brought the need to request for the institution Ambulance to rush the victim to the hospital, but unfortunately we were told that the Ambulance is short of fuel.”
PLATFORM TIMES however learnt that this led to commotion and later to a protest carried out by the students to demand justice for their dead colleague.
The protesters, who march round the school premises, said that Malik’s death was avoidable and was due to the alleged negligence of the authorities of the institution.
Following the agitations by the students, the state governor, Dapo Abiodun ordered the temporary suspension of ongoing semester examination at the institution.
The Special Assistant to the Governor on Student Affairs, Azeez Adeyemi who expressed sadness over the unfortunate inciden said the governor had ordered that ongoing examination and other academic activities be suspended immediately until Nov. 11 in honour of the deceased.
Adeyemi added that the break would allow the mourning students to stabilise psychologically and then return to continue the examination.
The Special Assistant said that work had commenced immediately on putting speed breakers in place at the entrance of the school on the directive of the governor.
He said that other issues that had to do with the wellbeing of the students would be looked into as demanded by the students.
“The student leaders have submitted a list of demands to me and other issues that action has not been taken on will be given immediate attention,” Adeyemi said.