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    Students, Market Women Protest Long Closure Of Osun Tertiary Institution

    Students of the Osun State College Of Education have taken to the streets again, to protest the long closure of the tertiary institution.

    The crisis seems to have taken a new turn, as not only students, but market women, youths and residents of the Ila Orangun town in Osun state, joined in the latest protest.

    The agitation which paralysed commercial activities in the town almost led to a face-off with security personnel.

    Activities at the institution came to a halt in August, following a disagreement ‎between the Governing Council, the school management and the workers union.

    The union called for the removal of the chairman of the institution’s Governing Council on grounds of misappropriation of funds.

    This development has, however, thrown the academic calendar of the school into disarray since January 2016.

    One of the students, Fabode Oluseye, lamenting the effect of the whole crisis on their academic calendar, said “the protest became necessary to call for the re-opening of the school”.

    Traders on the other hand are equally affected, as they receive major patronage from the students.

    Some of them complained that their means of livelihood had been cut short as a result of the long closure of the school.

    The traditional ruler of the town, the Orangun of Ila, Oba Abdul Wahab Oyedotun, believes that a policy statement from the Osun State government will ‎go a long way in resolving the impasse.

    The Chairman, House Committee On Education, Folorunsho Bamisayemi, who spoke to Channels Television via telephone, appealed for calm while assuring the students and the community that the state government would resolve the lingering crisis soon.

    Ila residents have, however, adamantly, vowed to continue the protest if no word was heard from the government as soon as promised.
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