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Nonagenarian Petitions Lagos Assembly Over Schools’ Return

Posted: Oct 18, 2015 at 9:12 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

*Notifies Ambode, Police Of Planned Protest
By Tunde Opeseitan,
A 91-year old woman, Madam Roseline Ololo, has petitioned the Lagos State House of Assembly asking the urgent investigation of circumstances leading to the refusal of state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode to return two schools that were seized from her family by the state government to her.
The schools – Metropolitan College and later Isolo Secondary School were among the missionary and private schools taken over by the military administration in 1976.
In 2001, the administration of Governor Bola Tinubu had enacted a law, which repealed the military decree of 1976, and by which all the schools seized from missionaries and private owners were to be returned to the owners.
All the schools were subsequently released to the owners pursuant to the 2001 law, except Metropolian College and Isolo Secondary School, which belonged to Akaix West Africa Limited, a company jointly established by Madam Ololo and her late husband, Chief Michael Ololo.
Madam Ololo, through her lawyer, Malcolm Omirhobo had written series of letters and carried out protests to impress it on the government to return the schools, but same had yielded no positive results.
However, in a petition addressed to the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, Madam Ololo is urging the House to investigate the circumstances surrounding the refusal of the government to return the schools after it (government) had confirmed that the schools truly belonged to her, and after the government had promised to return the schools based on gradual dis-engagement.
The petitioner’s lawyer (Omirhobo) accused the Permanent Secretary of Lagos State Ministry of Education, Olabisi Ariyo of frustrating a peace meeting aimed at resolving the issue with demands which were unknown to law and not relevant to the facts of the case.
Omirhobo, who attached recent pictures taken from the schools to the petition, said the schools were deteriorating and the government was not doing anything to fix the dilapidated structures.
“For example, our client’s schools are the only schools in Lagos State without the millennium building. The only outstanding structures in the schools premise are those built by our client’s late husband in the early 70s.
“The current state of the schools shows that they are being used by some government officials to divert public funds hence they are finding it difficult to advise and/or encourage the government to divest therefrom because doing so will affect their looting,” Omirhobo alleged.
Meanwhile, the petitioner has notified the Lagos State police command and Ambode of intention to stage another peaceful protest on Thursday from Ikeja GRA to Lagos Assembly in Alausa, Ikeja starting from 10am.