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Why I Closed Down Federal Poly, Ilaro – Rector

Posted: Jul 22, 2015 at 5:13 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Laide Raheem  –  Abeokuta


The Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State, Olusegun Aluko, said Tuesday that he had to shut the institution last Friday because hoodlums hijacked the protest embarked upon by the students of the school last Thursday.

He made this clarification in an interview with Daily Independent. According to the Rector, he had to take action because the protest got out of hand, as hoodlums infiltrated the students.

“The protest was getting out of hands, because the hoodlums had hijacked it. They even threatened to locate the headquarters of National Association of Nigerian Students in the school,” Aluko said.

He further said that the protest was uncalled for, considering that the issue the students were protesting against existed before he resumed as a Rector in October 2014.

He added that the school had a handbook which contained rules and regulations guiding students’ against indecent dressing, examination malpractice, behaviours in the hostels and indiscipline.

His words: “The Students Union Government President, Moshood Saheed, came to my office asking the management to allow the students to be wearing fez caps, knickers, dark glasses, and they do not want to be putting on identification cards.

“I do not know which higher institution will allow this. He said I am treating them like secondary school students.”

Aluko also accused the SUG president of conveying 23 students in a 15-seater bus from the school to Ota, for a victory party shortly after he became the union leader, saying that the action “was against school rules, because the vehicle had an accident in which some students were injured.

“In fact, I drove down there to rescue some of the victims and took them to the hospital,” he noted.

However, the SUG President, Moshood Saheed said the management was being economical with truth.

He denied that he held a victory party at Ota and said he went to attend a convention of the Junior Chambers International (JCI) like every other student, as he was yet to become the president of the SUG at the time.

He said that the 21 students that went on that journey had appeared before a disciplinary committee and were warned not to engage on such trips without informing the school authorities.

“We only said the school authorities should allow students to wear fez caps, shorts and dark glasses on weekends; and, that on Wednesdays when we have sports, students should also be allowed to wear sportswear.”