The alumni associations of the Osun State Polytechnic Iree, Osun State College of Technology Esa-oke, Colleges of Education Ila-Orangun and Ilesha have threatened a showdown with the government, if it failed to halt its plan.
Addressing a press conference in Osogbo the capital of Osun State, the association, led by Mobola Odebode, alleged that the State government had, as part of a proposed restructuring plan sacked over 250 workers of Colleges of Education in Ila and Esa-Oke and had also ordered the institutions to embark on advertising for admission for vocational and remedial studies.
She said the proposed action of the government if carried out would not only affect the students of the schools, but also the people of the host communities whose means of survival depended largely on the students.
According to her, the government has also called for the stoppage of admission into the institutions, a move she described as “an attempt to destroy the heritage of the founding fathers”
Meanwhile the Osun State government through the Director of Media to Governor Rauf Aregbesola, Semiu Okanlawon, said that the government had not relieved any staff on its payroll off its duties.
He explained that those who were affected were employed by the management of the respective schools.
Okanlawon maintained that the action of the government in restructuring the institutions was in the interest of the students and the entire people of the state.
He urged them to support the government in its bid.