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NANS Rejects Renaming of Osun Tertiary Institutions

Posted: Mar 16, 2016 at 1:00 am   /   by   /   comments (1)

Gbenga Faturoti, Osogbo

The National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS) Osun State Axis, has expressed displeasure over the recent renaming of all Osun State-owned tertiary institutions by Governor Rauf Aregbesola and called for their immediate reversal.

The Association also charged the State House of Assembly to rise up in defence of democracy by rejecting what it described as “abnormality of Mr. Governor”.

Governor Aregbesola had on Wednesday March 9, 2016 during the fourth and fifth convocation of the state university announced the renaming of the institutions.

Osun State University was renamed Bola Ige University; Osun State Polytechnic, Iree, was named after late S.M. Afolabi; College of Education, Ila-Orangun, named after Adeyemi Oyeduntan; College of Education, Ilesa, named after Lanre Omole.

Others are Osun State College of Technology, Esa-Oke was renamed Bisi Akande College of Technology, Esa-Oka, just as Okuku, Ejigbo, Ikire, Ifetedo and Ipetu campuses were named after Isiaka Adeleke, Eniola Atanda, Kayode Esho and Hezekiah Oluwasanmi, respectively.

Addressing journalists at the Correspondents’ Chapel of NUJ in Osogbo, Comrade Lukman Adekitan, Chairman, Osun NANS JCC, described the action of the governor as undemocratic and uncalled for.

Adekitan who said it was appalling that Governor Aregbesola could take such decision without proper consultation and approval of the state House of Assembly before unwarranted name changing, adding that the governor has no respect for the state house of assembly.

He noted that schools suppose to be named (if at all) after sons and daughters of the state with impeccable character and proven track records worthy of emulation by the coming generations.

“We begin to wonder what lessons or inspiration students will derive when their school is named after a late ex-minister who embezzled public fund, died and probably buried with handcuffs on his hand; to name school after such a person is unethical.”

The NANS also decried a situation where all tertiary institutions would be named only after men, without a single woman of the state, saying Aregbesola through his action has told the whole world that ‘no woman is worthy of emulation in the state’.

He further explained that what the state is in need of now is total refurbishing of its economy which, he said, has drawn many citizens into the ocean of penury and not the issue of renaming which would cost state huge amount of money by its process.

He, however, called on the state government to put on measures for proper funding of education, saying all tertiary institutions should be given adequate attention.

Lukman added that the state government should as a matter of urgency find lasting solution to the problem of understaffing currently facing the Osun-owned tertiary institutions.

He, however, called on the management of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), College of Education Ilesa, and Federal Polytechnic, Ede, to reinstate the suspended unions’ leaders and their union with immediate effect.