The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) on Monday demanded the immediate implementation of the report of the Visitation Panel set up by the Ogun State government to resolve the crisis rocking the Tai Solarin College of Education (TASCE), Omu-Ijebu to save the school from imminent collapse.
According to the student body, if the crisis rocking the tertiary institution is not urgently resolved, the school may lose its accreditation by the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB).
The National Public Relations Officer (PRO) of NANS, Azeez Adeyemi who spoke to journalists at a press conference in Abeokuta, lamented that the crisis between the staff of the College and government “is threatening the continuous existence of the school.”
Adeyemi said it was regrettable that despite Governor Dapo Abiodun’s quick intervention, some staffs of the school, under the aegis of Coalition of TASCE Academic Staffs (COTAS) had prevented academic activities from resuming in the institution.
He accused members of COTAS of pursuing selfish agenda, saying “It is obvious that the struggle of the Cotas is far beyond that of a progressive minded staff and not in the interest of the students nor for the collection of their salary, obviously the struggle has been infiltrated and geared to a hidden motive.”
The NANS PRO alleged, “The staff of the school are the ones preventing academic activities from resuming and thereby frustrating the continuous existence of the school due to the failure of the former Governor of the State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun to pay them over 48 months salary.”
He added, “After the submission of the report by the Visitation Panel, we met with the State government and agreed that if two mouths salary is paid they will allow for smooth running of the institution till when the government shall come up with modalities of paying the rest salaries.”
“But we became surprised that some of the staffers are no longer fighting for their salary alone but with another sinister motive.”
“From our findings, we discovered that some unscrupulous elements have seen this ‘trying time’ of the school as an avenue to drive home their selfish interest of installing one of their own as the provost of the school after successfully sending the sitting provost packing.”
“It is also important to note that we have found the handwriting of some politicians on the wall of this fight. We however appeal to them to back off or face the wrath of Aluta as the future of our students will not be allowed to be used for politics.”
“However, the crisis has hindered the school from conducting matriculation ceremony for few years, the situation which has made JAMB to give an ultimatum of Monday, September 16 to the school to conduct matriculation for new students.”
“To escape de-accreditation among other sanctions, we however appealed to the staff of the school to allow the management conduct the ceremony as instructed by JAMB, only for us to arrive the school today (Monday), the scheduled date of the matriculation and see some members of staff disrupting the process in thuggery like manner,” Adeyemi said.
The student body also demanded that the government to provide special security to enable the school management conduct orientation, matriculation and examination for the students.
Their other demands are: “That the COTAS members terrorising the peace of the college should be summoned to write an undertaken and subsequently punished with immediate effect particularly those identified to have disrupted today’s Students orientation.”
“That the school management should be empowered to conduct the orientation and matriculation within the next 48 hours and examination should as well be conducted starting from next week Monday.”