Governor Kayode Fayemi has suspended the provost of the College of Health Sciences and Technology, Cecilia Adebayo, following the illness of 100 students following the school’s fumigation by firefighters.
The suspension was announced in an Ado-Ekiti statement issued by Yinka Oyebode, the governor’s Chief Press Secretary.
According to the statement, the suspension will remain in effect pending the conclusion of an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the hospitalisation of more than 100 students at the institution following a contentious fumigation.
The statement continued, “The suspension is without prejudice to the outcome of the college’s governing council meeting scheduled for next week.”
In a similar vein, the governor directed that the Federal Fire Services officials responsible for the fumigation report to their Abuja headquarters.
As a result, the governor appointed a panel to investigate what was described in the statement as an unfortunate incident.
Oyebanji Filani, the Commissioner for Health and Human Services, will chair the panel, and Olabimpe Aderiye, the Commissioner for Education, Science, and Technology, will serve as a member.
The statement added that Isaac Okeowo, the Director, Special Duties, Cabinet Office, Government House, would serve as the panel’s secretary.
Others are Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources Iyabo Fakunle-Okhiemen, Director-General of the Office of Transformation and Service Delivery Bolaji Aluko, Samuel Omoniyi, Director, State Fire Services, Isola Olomola, and Dupe Ogundipe.
The statement states that the panel, which will begin work immediately, will have two weeks to conduct its investigations and report to the governor.