25 January 2013

Nigeria: Osun Reopens College After Three Months Closure

Following the closure of the Osun State College of Education, Ila-Orangun, three months ago over the students' unrest in the college, the state government yesterday ordered the reopening of the college and directed all students of the institution to resume on Monday, 28th January, 2013.

The institution was closed down on 16th October, 2012 after a violent protest by students of the college which led to vandalisation of properties in the host community.

The protest was as a result of the death of two students of the college in an auto crash on their way to the institution's campus, a situation which led to the destruction of college properties and the office of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in the town.

However, the state government after due consultation and appeal by relevant stakeholders yesterday ordered the management of the college to reopen the institution and commence registration of students for the continuation of the 2011/2012 academic session.

A statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of the college, Mr Olayinka Ogungbemi directed all NCE and degree students of the college to resume on the college and complete all necessary registration exercise.

He said the decision was consequent upon agreement reached after extensive consultations with relevant stakeholders of the institution.

He enjoined students to interact with the management of the college for necessary registration and re-registration exercise.

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