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Protests: Osun reopens tertiary institutions

Protests: Osun reopens tertiary institutions

From Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo
The Osun State Governor Gboyega Oyetola has ordered the reopening of the three tertiary institutions in Ijesa community.

The governor who was represented by his deputy, Mr Benedict Alabi said the decision to reopen the institutions was taken after due consultations with stakeholders, heads of the affected institutions, parents and the leadership of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) in Osogbo on Monday.

The institutions were on March 18, 2019 shut down in the wake of the violent protest and disturbance of the peace in Ilesa.

The institutions are, Osun State College of Education, Ilesa; School of Health Technology,  Ilesa and Osun State College of Technology, Esa Oke.

The governor expressed gratitude to God that no life was lost during the protest.

The parties at the stakeholders meeting agreed that peace should continue to reign and that the students will henceforth behave in line with the Omoluabi ethos which the state is noted for.

While affirming his administration’s confidence in the managerial ability of the school authorities,  Oyetola urged them to be proactive in their intelligence gathering mechanism.

He advised the students to desist from taking the law into their hands and to explore legitimate channels to pursue their grievances.

He warned that the government would not tolerate any resort to violence in expression of any grievance

The schools are to reopen immediately to continue with their normal academic activities.

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