[Ibadan]–Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has ordered immediate reopening of the Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo.
He gave the directive shortly after a meeting with the students’ leaders on Wednesday.
In a report by Daily Post, Ajimobi warned the students against a recurrence, as he advised that dialogue and engagement were civilized ways of resolving grievances and issues bordering on welfare, no matter how knotty they might be.
“Now that you have come to apologize for that violent protest that led to destruction of properties, I hereby order the immediate reopening of your school. I want to plead with you to always respect your parents, lecturers and constituted authorities of your institution. That is what can make a country grow.
“In case you don’t know, a constituted authority is a body that has been set up with the responsibility of delivering certain things on behalf of others. But we have lost our values to the extent that students roundly abuse teachers and authority; it is condemnable.
“We have forgiven you. But you must turn a new leaf. We are grooming you to become future leaders, but not through acts of hooliganism, destruction or any form of violent protest over issues that will still be resolved through dialogue and engagement”, he said.
Ajimobi used the occasion to restate his appeal to the stakeholders at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, (LAUTECH) to allow unfettered access of auditors engaged to peruse the records of the institution, which, he said, would pave the way for the reopening of the institution.
Provost of the institution Dr. Rasaq Adefabi, who was in company of the students, appreciated what he called the fatherly role played by the
governor in resolving the debacle instigated by the students’ unbecoming behaviour.
Adefabi disclosed that the school management had set up a counselling unit saddled with the responsibility of attending to the welfare and concerns of the students.
He then pledged that the school authority would take proactive measures to nip future violent acts in the bud in order to forestall unwarranted destruction of property and disruption of the institution’s academic calendar.
While speaking President of EMACOED Students’ Union Government, Theophilus Oladeji said that he was glad about the reopening of the school and appreciated
what he called the kind gesture of the governor in overlooking the
students’ exuberance and transgressions.
Recall that the state government had through a statement by the state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Adeniyi Olowofela, shut the college on June 2 in the wake of violent protests by some students of the institution.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg