Student/Indigene Crisis: 21 years after, FEDPOFFA Alumni remembers victims, preaches peace

By Abdulrasheed Akogun

The Alumni association of the Federal Polytechnic, Offa (FEDPOFFA) on Wednesday said the polytechnic enjoys a cordial relationship with its host communities.

This much was disclosed at a virtual press conference held yesterday (Wednesday) in commemoration of the May 8, 2000 crisis which erupted between students of the institution and their host community, Offa, leading to deaths and destruction of properties.

The National President of FEDPOFFA Alumni Association (FPOAA), Ayoade Adeyemi at the press conference heralding the association’s forthcoming reunion, fundraising dinner and award ceremony, noting that there are no bad students in the school but rather there are students exhibiting youthful exuberance which is commonplace in every tertiary institution.

“We don’t want a repeat of the incident of 2000 and that is why we commemorate that event every May 8 with an annual lecture where we bring stakeholders to build on the unity and synergy that promotes lasting positive engagements with the communities.

Some people have left their parents’ homes with the hope to gain admission which they didn’t get but they won’t return home. When they hang around with their friends, it’s easy to commit crimes because they have no identity in the school environment,”


Ibrahim Sheriff is the Editor of Fresh Insight and former Special Assistant on Media to the Speaker, Kwara state House of Assembly. Although a management science researcher by training, he has over five years experience of practice in Journalism, Public Relations and Communication Strategy. Sheriff holds a Masters Degree in Finance and Bachelors Degree in Banking and Finance from Kwara state University, Malete. He has Certificates in Digital Journalism, Enterprise Creation and Skill Acquisition (ECSA) and Basic Econometrics Data Analysis, as well as Bank of Industry (BoI) Certificate in Business Management. He is also a holder of Diploma in Cooperative Studies from Kwara state Polytechnic, Ilorin.

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