By Tunde Oyekola
Old students of Osun State College of Education, Ila-Orangun have warned Governor Rauf Aregbesola to stop his plan to merge the college with any other institution in the state.
The old students under the auspices of Osun State College of Education, Ila-Orangun Alumni Association at a press conference in Osogbo on Wednesday said the plan of the state government to merge the 36-year-old institution was illegal and unconstitutional, adding that the transfer of some courses or dropping of some courses or merger of the college with any other institution in the state was a waste and would make the multi-billion naira facilities in the college to be under utilized.
Addressing the conference, the National President of the Alumni Association, Mr. Ayobami Modesty Fakeye, said the college was established under the law of Oyo State and had produced 31 sets of graduates who are teaching in both primary and secondary schools in the states across the country.
Besides, Fakeye said the college had contributed positively to the economy of the town, adding that the college has about 15,000 student population and 379 staff in its employment.
While condemning the plan of government to merge the college with the Osun State College of Education, Ilesa said: “if the Osun State government is allowed to carry out the retrogressive move, hundreds of staffers of the college will lose their bjobs, the economy of Ila-Orangun as a town and its environs will be negatively affected and a good number of students would be denied the opportunity to further education.”
He said the old students would not wait until the institution is closed like what happened in the demolition of some schools as the old students would lose their identity while it would be difficult to trace their old records in another school.
In a reaction contained in a statement issued by Mr Semiu Okanlawon, Director of Communication and Strategy to the governor, Aregbesola said the government had stated since Saturday that there is no plan to relocate or merge any tertiary institution.
What the government is only doing is to reposition and re-energize the institutions towards meeting modern and current needs of the society in terms of human capital developments.
“Host communities such Ila will soon find the College in their city a more result-oriented institution with greater capacities to contribute to the host communities with the intended reforms. There is no merger”.