By Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola has ordered the immediate reopening of the three tertiary institutions of learning shut last week.
The institutions were closed following the violent protest staged by some irate youths against the disconnection of electricity in Ijesa zone by the management of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) over assault on its staff.
The protest, led to destruction of public property, disturbance of the peace in the town and attack on journalists.
According to a statement by Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Adeniyi Adesina, said the decision to reopen the institutions was taken after due consultations with stakeholders - heads of the affected institutions, parents and the leadership of IBEDC.
He said the parties agreed that peace should continue to reign and that the students will henceforth behave in line with the ‘Omoluabi’ ethos which the State is noted for.
According to him, “the restoration of electricity supply in Ijesaland has commenced. It will soon get to all the communities.”
Oyetola then advised the students to desist from taking law into their hands and to exploit legitimate channels to pursue their grievances.
He warned that the government would not tolerate any resort to violence in expression of any grievance.
The Institutions are: Osun State College of Education, Ilesa; the School of Health Technology, Ilesa; and the Osun State College of Technology, Esa Oke.
“The schools are to reopen immediately to continue with their normal academic activities,” he added.