…as parents withheld wards till safety is assured
By Mosunmola Ayobami,Kwara
Kwara state government in fulfillment of its threat on Friday morning opened the 10 missionary schools shut over the hijab controversy.
The schools were opened according to government directive on Thursday, though, students were not expected to resume on Friday, while the parents according to Westernpost Correspondent findings have resolved not to release their students unless their safety is assured.
The government in the statement issued by the Executive Chairman of the Kwara State Teaching Service Commission, Mall. Bello Tahueed Abubakar warned of its full wrath on any of the school principals and teachers who refused to resume for duties today.
So, the anxious teachers as early as 8:30 am were around in their respective schools to resume for duties as directed by the government, while the students were nowhere to be found.
Westernpost gathered that apart from First Baptist Secondary school whose main gate had been damaged and remained opened since Wednesday during the violent clash between the Muslims and the Christians, all the gates of other schools remained under lock and key.
Government officials went round the schools one after the other to break the gates opened, to enable the teachers entrance into the school premises.
Westernpost also gathered that the churches in order to maintain their stance on their demands and disallowed entrance into the schools, locked the school’s gate and held on to the keys.
The affected schools closed by the government are C&S College Sabo Oke, St. Anthony Secondary School,Offa Road, ECWA School,Oja Iya, First Baptist Primary and Secondary Schools, Suru-lere and Bishop Smith Secondary School, Agba Dam.
Others include CAC Secondary School Asa Dam,St. Barnabas Secondary School Sabo Oke, St. John School Maraba, and St. Williams Secondary School Taiwo Isale,St. James Secondary School Maraba, all in Ilorin, the state capital.
As Westernpost monitored the situation on Friday morning,some teachers were seen sitting outside on the main road at Bishop Smith memorial college,along Agba Dam GRA, ilorin,St Anthony Secondary School,at Offa Road and others.