Tai Solarin University Students Threaten to Protest Over Conversion of University
There is tension in Ijebu-Ode and its environs as well as Abeokuta, Ogun state capital over the decision of the government decision to convert the Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Ijebu-Ode in to an Institute of Education with affiliation to the Olabisi Onobanjo University as, students threatened to block Lagos-Ibadan express way, if the government fails to reverse the decision within 24 hours.
The students also threatened that, the decision of the state government if implemented would lead to anarchy and chaos in the state.
The students who were led by National Association of Nigerian Students NANS,President, Mustapha Adewale and President,TASUED, Mustapha Oyekanmi said they would stage protest across the state if the government did not revert the decision.
Meanwhile, the Police Commissioner, Nicholas Nkedeme while reacting to the threat by the students, said though, he was yet to get the official statement, but, he would put his men on red alert.
He told Vanguard on phone Wednesday that, he would send his men to investigate the plan and do the necessary thing to protect lives and properties.
Also, parents of the affected students have rejected the government decision, describing it as a wrong step.
One of the parents who spoke with newsmen ,Dimeji Kayode-Adedeji, said that, the institution was living up to the purpose for which it was established.
According to him, “I want to believe that it is uncalled for in the sense that the institution is known to be a formidable institution especially when you make comparison with other university in the state. You will agree with me that the decision is uncalled for.
“It will equally affect the morale of the student, I think it is unfair and not proper at this stage particularly when it is on record that that institution is well known and well recognized even by NUC and the international body because I was made to believe that the institution is among the best when it comes to education.”
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